Fareham’s Moore (13-6-1) outpointed Londoner Day (8-0-1) 97-95 to keep his Southern Area lightweight strap, thus handing the challenger his first loss in a four-and-a-half year long pro career. ________________________________________________________________________________ In the heart of the east end stands a neo-gothic Grade II listed building with an E2 postcode, first opened in 1929 by the Duke of York. If its walls…
Ben Day Will Fight Floyd Moore For Southern Area Title
Undefeated London pugilist, Ben ‘The Entertainer’ Day (8-0-1) is set to face Floyd ‘Pacman’ Moore (12-6-1) for his Southern Area lightweight strap on March 5th in York Hall, London.
London-based Day, 37-years-old, originally from Teignmouth in Devon, stopped Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor (10-6-1) in just two minutes and nine seconds to collect the vacant Southern Area super-lightweight title on December 5th at the York Hall.
Day has now twice won titles with first round finishes, the initial prize being the International Masters Bronze lightweight strap destroying Latvian opponent, Ilja Sovdra (2-0) in March this year with just 1:11 on the clock, also at the York Hall.
10 years his junior, Taylor failed to land a single punch on the elder opponent and absorbed too many shots when trapped on the ropes, forcing referee Lee Cook to step in.
The pair due to lock horns in March share the similarity in that they both defeated Taylor in a Southern Area championship bout – Day ending matters in the first round and Moore in the fourth.
Moore, 27-years-old from Hampshire, conceded the title in his first defence to Medway’s Adam Dingsdale, losing narrowly on points. The forthcoming scrap with Day will provide his first defence of the same title since reclaiming it.
Day shared his view on how it could play out on the first weekend of March:
“I’m just going to do exactly what I did to Ryan Taylor. He’s going to come forward as usual, how can he change it? He can’t!“He’ll never know what I’m going to do because I don’t even know what I’m going to do! He can’t outbox me, I’ve too many skills for that. I’ll give him the respect he deserves because he can bang but I can bang too, don’t forget that, but I won’t be there to be hit; he should be worried about me.”
The last time that the London-based boxer was forced to go the distance was in a narrow points win over Ben Kneller (0-1) in December 2014 at the familiar setting in Bethnal Green:
“People talk about the Ben Kneller fight but he got to me because I was trying a style that didn’t suit me. In round five, I dropped my hands and didn’t get hit. I was doing what I got told to, ‘get into the centre of the ring and hold your ground’, it was also having 16 months out as well, I was out for a long time. If they think I’ll be like that then they’re wrong, that wasn’t even me in that fight.”
The London gym owner spent the Christmas and New Year period training in the Swiss Alps in preparation for his forthcoming title tilt.
“It was an amazing experience, I’m going to start every camp there. I’m swimming again, done a lot in previous camps, I’m running more and sparring starts on Monday.”
(Images sent in by Tim Rickson)