DANNY Price started life as a professional boxer with a bang as he recorded a stunning 41-second first round victory against Slovakian Michal Tomko on the undercard of Scott Quigg’s victory over Jason Booth at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday evening.
Taking a keen interest in Price’s professional bow were his former amateur colleagues turned professional prospects Tony Jefferies and heavyweight David Price, as well Scarborough’s Paul Ingle.
Price strolled confidently into the ring with the backing of a 200-strong Scarborough contingent behind him and made light work of his erratic opponent, who waded forward with a series of mis-timed shots right from the first bell.
Despite his surprise at Tomko’s raiding tactics, Price was able to rock back and fire in a handful of vicious counter punches that rocked the Slovakian on to the back foot.
Tomko came forward again but an assured Price showed a level of composure befitting his professional experience and put his man to the canvas with a vicious left-hook, much to the delight of the travelling fans from Scarborough.
Tomko looked like a rabbit in the headlights at this point and when he came forward again Price was easily able to evade his barrage and rock him to the deck with a swift right hand that produced a nine count before the referee decided to end the contest.
A delighted Price said: “Because he was smaller than me I was expecting him to try and survive the fight.
“So the game plan was to go out there take my time, relax and enjoy it.
“He came flying at me though so I had to change tactics quickly.
“I did that and finished him off with a couple of shots.
“I wish I’d put him down with a cleaner punch though.
“I didn’t catch him as well as I wanted, but it was enough.”
Price will now move on to his second bout as a professional looking to build on his emphatic first victory.
He is scheduled to fight again on Saturday December 10.