Goodwin Promotions' 'Crunch Time' features unbeaten London-based boxer, Ben ‘The Entertainer’ Day (8-0-1) challenging Floyd ‘Pacman’ Moore (12-6-1) for his Southern Area lightweight crown on March 5th at the York Hall.
Topping the bill, Moore’s forthcoming championship bout will be his 20th professional contest and first defence of the Southern Area crown that he claimed with a fourth-round stoppage win over Gloucester’s Danny Carter in October last year.
Challenger, Day, originally from Devon, enters into his third consecutive title fight after winning the International Masters and Southern Area super-lightweight titles with first round knockouts.
The intriguing, well-matched affair has opinions completely divided so we asked our panel of boxing experts what they thought...
Miles Shinkwin Southern Area light-heavyweight champion @milesshinkwin
“It’s a hard one to call. I haven’t seen too much of either. Ben looks very awkward and elusive and Floyd is obviously very strong. It’s a bit of a cliché in boxing but it really is who turns up on the night and who wants it the most.”
Dean Gillen British Challenge Contender @TeamDeanoPro
“Clearly both boxers are quality and evenly matched. With both fighters stopping their previous two opponents, this promises to be a great fight! I’m backing unbeaten Ben Day, who just edges it for me. He has a remarkable story too, which is great for the sport, so I wish him all the best!”
Niall Doran Founder of Boxing News & Views @BoxingNAV
“Great domestic dust up. Tough one to call, but if I had to bet the house, I’d predict Ben Day will get the win, in an entertaining fight, mind you.”
Kazy Kindon Professional Boxing Coach @Dad123k
“Floyd Moore late rounds stoppage win.”
Martin Theobald New Age Boxing @NewAgeBoxingUK
“I'm thinking it depends on how well prepared Floyd comes in. If he's peak fitness, I think he will eventually overcome Day but only after some tough exchanges - I do think he will stop him late, though. If he is anything under peak condition, I can see Day getting the win with his unorthodox style causing Moore issues. I'm going round eight for Moore.”
Keith Mayo Promoter at KM Promotions @KMPromotions
“I can see Ben Day coming out on top, especially in the second part of the bout. Points win to Day.”
Billy Rumbol Professional Boxing Coach @BillyRumble
“I genuinely think it's a 50-50 contest but I feel Moore will catch him and it will all be over in five to six rounds but Day's unorthodox style will cause him problems for as long as it lasts and Moore will have to bring his A-game, making sure he has left no stone unturned.”
Jamie Speight Two-weight Southern Area Champion @boxerjayspeight
“For me, it's a great domestic tear-up for the coveted Southern Area belt. I know both fighters and feel it's a case of how the first four rounds go. If Floyd can be patient, find his range and not let Ben's unorthodox style get to him, then Floyd's power can work in his favour and break Ben down. However, if Ben starts fast then he could catch Floyd cold.”
Mark Massow Professional Boxing Coach
“This is a good 'trade' fight between two honest pro's. Ben's the older by some 12 years but is perhaps the fresher of the two with nine bouts while Floyd has had some tough scraps in his 19 contests to date. They'll both be well prepared for what should be a competitive 10 rounds. I think Day will warrant the verdict and emerge as the new Southern Area lightweight champion, thus adding to the 10-stone belt he won in December.”
Paul Hilz British Challenge Contender
“I have limited knowledge of both fighters but I know that Ben Day is dedicated and I know the camp he's out of - RJ's - they seem a focused lot and I think it will be a cracker of a fight! I know that Moore will bring his A-game as he wants to stay the champ but I think that Day's ambition will mean he will get the win, no matter what!”
Michael Jones Writer for Livefight @MikeUndisputed
“This is a good fight between underrated boxers. Moore is the more experienced pro and a lot younger so he should be the slight favourite but I think Ben Day is very fresh for his age and on a bit of a roll right now, and I lean towards him. It should be exciting while it lasts with a lot of leather being thrown but I think Day will get there with a stoppage in about six rounds.”
Tim Redigolo Contributor to Boxing News & Views @timredigolo
“This should be a good contest between two worthy Southern Area title-holders. I'm backing Ben Day to continue his unbeaten streak even though he's moving down in weight because I believe he's got the power as he showed when he won his Southern Area super-lightweight title against Ryan Taylor. That should be enough to see off Floyd Moore.”
Andy Gatenby Retired unbeaten featherweight @GatenbyGas
“I've been following Floyd Moore and Ben Day from the start. Ben has had a good string of wins and has gone from strength to strength, he's improved in every fight and the confidence is growing. He is awkward, fit and game, and his ambition cannot be questioned. Floyd has boxed a lot higher calibre of people and I think this will tell. He's been taken to the trenches many times before and this has made him mentally very tough. He is strong and has trained 100 per cent, leaving no stone unturned. It's going to be a good a very good fight but, in my opinion, Floyd wins on points or TKO.”
Tim Rickson TR Sports @TimRickson
“Both are Southern Area titlists so it’s a close one to call and will make for a brilliant fight, in my view. They’re equally tough, hard-hitting and belong at that championship level. Ben seems to get no love from the critics for whatever reasons, which I’m sure spurs him on some. Floyd’s a great fighter but I just can’t bet against Ben, there’s something so self-assured about him that I really can’t see him losing this fight, plus he's on a roll right now with two consecutive first-round KO's. I predict a mid-rounds stoppage win to Ben Day. If I had to put a number on it, I’d say rounds 6-8.”
Verdict: Ben Day 8 - Floyd Moore 4 (2 are undecided)