Next generation out to showcase talent

Biola Kudus Picture: Joe Pepler
Biola Kudus Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Professional boxing returns to city tonight
  • New wave of talent out to show their potential
  • Trainer believes future champions will be in action

The next generation of boxing talent are out to lay down a statement of intent tonight.

And trainer Michael Ballingall believes tonight’s pro card at the Mountbatten Centre will showcase a number of future champions.

A decent crowd is set to turn out for the event, with a number of local favourites involved.

Fareham ticket-seller Floyd Moore makes his ring return after Prizefighter defeat to Gary Buckland in December.

He will be expected to bring his crowd-pleasing style to the table against Bulgarian Kristian Dochev over 10 rounds.

And there is an intriguing supporting cast of talent, with a host of boxers looking to make their way in the paid ranks.

Lucas Ballingall makes his debut at featherweight against Qassim Hussain.

His brother, Michael McKinson, will look to stretch his unbeaten record to five against Dan Carr in their welterweight meeting.

Biola Kudus will be roared on by a strong following when the 
cruiserweight tackles unbeaten Latvian Aleksandrs Roldugins.

Jimmy Cooper and Myley Lee will both bring impressive amateur pedigrees to the table in their contests.

Featherweight Lee meets journeyman Bheki Moyo in his debut, while Cooper will be looking for his first pro success against David Leo at featherweight.

Stylish super-bantamweight Thomas Kindon, fast-improving Ryan Davies and super-middleweight Danny Goode complete the card.

Ballingall feels there will be talent on show who will go on to make big names for themselves in the sport.

He said: ‘There’s going to be future champions in action.

‘There are lads out there who are future stars.

‘It’s quite an exciting opportunity to see them early on in their careers.

‘There’s Myley Lee, a former national champion, who’s boxed for England seven times. He’s making his debut.

‘There’s Jimmy Cooper, who’s a national champion, having his second contest.

‘Ryan Davies is having his first six-rounder. He has a massive knockout record.

‘Thomas Kindon has a foreign kid and is a very sharp boxer.

‘Biola is on as well and will have good support.

‘People are saying good things about Lucas, and Michael is boxing at home for the first time.

‘There’s going to be a decent crowd turning out – and this is a chance for these talents to really make a statement.

‘People will be able to say “I was there at the start” when these boxers go on to achieve things.’

McKinson has been handed a late change of opponent in Carr, after he was lined up to face Michael Mooney.

Carr will be expected to come to survive and make things difficult for the Portsmouth man.

That will present different issues for McKinson to overcome.

Ballingall said: ‘Mooney comes to make a fight and can upset prospects.

‘Carr will give Mikey different problems to deal with. But Mikey is a clever boxer and I’m sure he’ll handle what he has to handle.’

A limited number of tickets are still available for tonight’s show.

They are priced £37.50 and will be available on the door. Doors open 6pm (boxing starts 7pm).