Scarborough’s Danny Price made it six wins from six professional outings after overcoming Welshman Hari Miles at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night.
Making a huge step up in class taking on Miles, previously ranked number 10 in the domestic cruiserweight rankings, Price was a relieved man after taking a narrow 58-57 win.
Following the withdrawal of his orginal opponent Martyn Grainger earlier in the week, Price had to deal with a higher class man in Miles, whose awkward southpaw stance seemed to knock him off rhythm slightly.
Having to wait until gone 11pm to make his way to the ring as one of five swing fights on a packed card that saw Liverpudlian heavyweight David Price emphatically knock out former Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison in the first round, Price was looking to keep up his 100 per cent record since turning professional.
Clearly not in his best shape at 15stone, Miles tried to assert his authority with the jab, but Price’s sharp defence and accurate jab kept him at bay.
Price fired home with a couple of sharp right hands and landed with a crisp left just before the bell for the end of the first round.
Price had to call on his skills on the back foot in the second round as Miles tried to land on numerous occasions. The former Westway man landed a crisp right hand and while he never looked to be hurting Miles, Price looked comfortable.
Miles came out on the front foot for the third round and landed solid left hands to the head and then to the body, taking both well.
Price started to try and ram his jab home in a more forceful fashion in the fourth but his energy seemed to fade slightly towards to the end of the round and both men started to hold inside, slowing the pace down.
The Scarborough man was forced to take a right hand early in the fifth but he was soon back on the front foot and landed with a forceful left hand before managing to evade a flurry of counter punches from the Welshman.
Price and his travelling supporters thought he had scored a knockdown later in the round, but the referee judged that Miles had slipped.
Both men came out for the sixth and final round in a cagey fashion, indicating they both thought the judges scorecards were still hanging in the balance.
Price landed with the best shot of the bout when he rammed home a clinical right hand that shook Miles slightly onto the back foot.
The pair exchanged solid left hands before both men tried to end the fight in an aggressive manner, both forced to absorb stinging shots on the ropes.
Miles celebrated at the bell, while a clearly disappointed Price returned to his corner unhappy with his performance.
Price was a relieved man when he was awarded the 58-57 win, the judges clearly impressed with the accuracy of his jab and work on the back foot.
The Scarborough man jumped up to 13th in the domestic cruiserweight rankings, above Miles who dropped from 10th to 14th in the process.