20th May 2011
|Bradley Price loses|
Welsh boxer Bradley Pryce suffered another career setback when he lost to unbeaten Sergey Rabchenko in a challenge for the vacant WBA Inter-continental Light Middleweight title, at the Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry in North Wales tonight.
Pryce 30, a former commonwealth light-middleweight champion, was hoping to bounce back from a points defeat to Colin Lynes in February. But in the end the Gary Lockett trained boxer was beaten unanimously 117-112, 116-112, 116-113 on the judges’ cards.
The Newport man couldn’t get his own work off in the early rounds and was being beaten to the punch by the unbeaten Belarus banger, who had stopped Martin Conception in two rounds on his last trip to the UK. But Pryce was trying to fight off the ropes and counter the incoming Belarus man.
By the midway point Pryce (31-10, 18 KOs) was starting to look tired and was rocked in the 6th and had a rough 7th has he looked to get a grip of the fight. Pryce did land some big shots, but the tough Rabchenko didn’t flinch and continued to walk Pryce down.n
Pryce, looked to rally late after getting his second wind, but Rabchenko (17-0, 12 KOs), matched him punch for punch and took a deserved win in the end, after a good last round. This is another setback for Pryce and maybe questions about his future in the game will be asked.
On the undercard local light-middleweight Tom Doran stopped Birmingham’s ‘Mad’ Max Maxwell in an exciting 100 mile an hour fight, that started fast, and ended quicker, but in controversy when referee Howard Foster stepped in to stop the fight at 2.47 of the first round, after Maxwell had been rocked by a big shot, but most felt, including Maxwell, that he should have been able to carry on.
Either way the fight probably wouldn’t have lasted much longer, but the crowd barely had time to catch their breath when it was stopped. Doran started the fight like he was in a rush to get home, letting fly with a combination of hooks that had Maxwell in trouble.
Maxwell then came back into the fight, banging away at Doran’s body, but having to take some thudding uppercuts in doing so on the counter. Then a rib crunching shot followed by a smashing right hand to the chin by Maxwell as Doran’s legs all over and down. Maxwell can really bang and went looking for Dorans weak point again, as he looked to turn the fight on it’s head.
But then while Doran was under pressure and looking like being stopped, he rallied back to land a combination of shots, that saw the ref surprisingly jump in and stop the fight in Dorans favor!
Without watching the fight back it is hard to see what exactly the ref had seen in the glazed eyes of Maxwell, that prevented him from fighting on and forced him to stop it.
Maxwell had landed just as harder shots on Doran, but it looked like Maxwell had dropped his hands after getting tagged and his senses must have been too scrambled at that split second and a safety first decision was made by Foster.
Rematch, O yeah without doubt Maxwell deserves one and so do the fans, if this crazy fight is anything to go by bring it on. A British title chance now looms though for Doran.
other results on the undercard
James Dickens beat Stoyan Serbezov points 4
Rob Hunt beat Matt Seawright points 4