Man Utd boss Moyes backs Griffiths’ bid for boxing honours

Liam Griffiths with David Moyes
Liam Griffiths with David Moyes

LIAM GRIFFITHS has gained a number of celebrity fans during his professional career - with Manchester United manager David Moyes topping the star-studded list.

The Bognor welterweight defends his unbeaten amateur and professional record at shows in Portsmouth on Saturday (Nov 30) wondering where his journey will take him next.

Rapper Dizzee Rascal, Fun Lovin’ Criminals singer Huey Morgan, East 17 star Brian Harvey and countless boxing dignitaries have approached the switch-hitter at fight nights around the country to offer their support and praise for his efforts.

The 26-year-old has boxed on the undercards of big shows featuring WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns, heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury and European super-middleweight champion James DeGale since his last venture into the ring in the south coast two years ago.

Griffiths said of his experiences on those travels: “The best was when I found myself sitting next to David Moyes at a show in Liverpool just days before he became Manchester United manager.

“He congratulated me on my fight and asked me a lot of questions about my training and how I enjoyed being a professional sportsman. He was a top bloke.

“He said he would try to follow my career but politely turned down my request to become the manager at Fratton Park when I told him I was a Portsmouth fan. Perhaps I should have another go following Guy Whittingham’s departure.”

Griffiths is used to being booed into the ring by fans rooting for tough opponents but he will be backed to the hilt by friends, family and followers when he climbs between the ropes at the Liquid and Envy nightspot opposite Portsmouth and Southsea train station on Saturday.

He added: “I have always loved boxing in Portsmouth as it is the nearest city which stages professional shows to Bognor.

“I love travelling round the country and have fought in Manchester, Liverpool, Belfast, Edinburgh and London but as a Pompey supporter I know that sports fans in this area are more passionate than anywhere else.

“People are always stopping me when I am on my morning training runs or out and about in town to ask how my career is going and I really appreciate their support. Now they are coming to watch me in action and I can repay their faith in me by turning in a winning performance.”

Anyone still wanting tickets for the show can contact Griffiths on 07861 657452.