European aims for Danny

Scarborough boxer Danny Price selected for GB squad. 110202a   pic by Andrew Higgins   in Sport     10/01/11
Scarborough boxer Danny Price selected for GB squad. 110202a pic by Andrew Higgins in Sport 10/01/11
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WESTWAY ABC’s Danny Price has forced his way into the Great Britain squad for next week’s European Amateur Boxing Championships.

The 25-year-old heavyweight has leapt ahead of two Great British rivals to bag a place at the championships, which kick off in Ankara, Turkey a week tomorrow.

Price only returned to the Great Britain set-up four months ago, so his rise to the number one spot has been mightily impressive.

Hard work has been the key for the Scarborough fighter though, and that was encapsulated last week at a training camp alongside boxers from Poland, Ireland and Estonia.

“It has been hard work, I did 35 rounds last week, which wasn’t easy,” said Price.

“Things are going very well though. To get ahead of the rest of the Great Britain boxers in such a short space of time is great for me.”

Price is set to meet up with the rest of the camp on Monday, before flying out to Turkey on Tuesday.

The draw will be made before the boxing, which is set to get underway two days after this.

Danny will be looking for a little more luck of the draw when the names are drawn out of the hat.

In the 2006 Commonwealth Games Price lost out to eventual winner Bradley Pitt, then in the 2007 Worlds, he suffered a loss at the hands of gold medalist Clemente Russo.

He added: “I’m feeling good, but it is all about the luck of the draw.

“It is a big year for me, so to start off with a medal would be spot on.

“It is all about building confidence. If your confidence is high then you can beat anyone.”

Price’s main aim for the year is to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.