Mikie Webber-Kane has paid tribute to the role played by one of Norfolk’s unsung boxing stars as he prepares to defend his Southern Area title for the first time this weekend.

The Great Yarmouth fighter’s preparations ahead of his super-featherweight clash against Frank Arnold at the 02 Arena on Saturday have included multiple rounds sparring with Aylsham’s former pro Scott Moises.

Moises, now 36, made two unsuccessful attempts to bring the same title back to Norfolk in a career which spanned 24 fights. He hasn’t fought since 2019, but the awkward and hugely popular Moises has been giving some valuable lessons.

“He’s an unreal fighter,” said Webber-Kane. “I think he’s one of those fighters that were overlooked by a lot of people. Obviously the people around him like (trainer) Graham Everett and Ryan Walsh told me countless times of the amount of rounds they have done with Scott and how he's always a tricky operator. And now I'm getting to experience that with my own eyes and being in the ring standing in front of him.

“He helped me with the whole build-up for the Robert Caswell fight, when I won the title, and that brought me on as a fighter so much and look how that performance went.

“And Scott can do everything. He can box southpaw, he can box orthodox and be aggressive and defensive. He's such a tricky operator and he's teaching me things and showing me things I didn't even know that was capable in the sport.”

Webber-Kane trains with Tony Norman in Great Yarmouth as well as spending time at the Norwich gym run by Everett, who was behind Moises’ career.

“Everybody loves Scott Moises,” said Everett. “There isn’t anybody in boxing who knows him and knows about him., that doesn’t love him. Everybody in this gym loves him.

“He’s got so much experience. He had years of being probably number one, number two sparring partner for Ryan Walsh. Sparred with the brothers all those years.

“He was a very good fighter and he had a full time job so we could only get him in the gym three times or four times a week, but what he did was phenomenal.”