Price shrugs off Matovu test to bag his fifth straight win

Danny Price defeats Moses Matovu in a 6x3 min Cruiserweight contest at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester on the 2nd June 2012. Frank Maloney Promotions � Leigh Dawney Photography 2012.
Danny Price defeats Moses Matovu in a 6x3 min Cruiserweight contest at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester on the 2nd June 2012. Frank Maloney Promotions � Leigh Dawney Photography 2012.

Making the step up from three rounds to six, Price was offered his toughest outing since turning professional by the burly Ugandan, who landed some clean shots on the former Westway ABC man.

Price was more than up for the challenge though, showing a strong defence when Matovu waded forward with a flurry of big shots.

Danny Price defeats Moses Matovu in a 6x3 min Cruiserweight contest at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester on the 2nd June 2012. Frank Maloney Promotions � Leigh Dawney Photography 2012.

Danny Price defeats Moses Matovu in a 6x3 min Cruiserweight contest at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester on the 2nd June 2012. Frank Maloney Promotions � Leigh Dawney Photography 2012.

Fighting behind his accurate and hurtful jab, Price landed at regular intervals, restricting the Belfast-based Matovu to raiding tactics that he was able to evade on the majority of occasions when he came forward on the offensive.

Price landed three big right hands in the opening two rounds, rocking Matovu.

The Scarborough man was able to stay out of harms way when the Belfast-based Matovu looked to land with some big shots of his own.

Price was calm and boxed to the plan, clearly to keep pressure on Matovu while keeping out of harms way behind his impressive left jab and right hand follow through.

Danny Price defeats Moses Matovu in a 6x3 min Cruiserweight contest at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester on the 2nd June 2012. Frank Maloney Promotions � Leigh Dawney Photography 2012.

Danny Price defeats Moses Matovu in a 6x3 min Cruiserweight contest at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester on the 2nd June 2012. Frank Maloney Promotions � Leigh Dawney Photography 2012.

Bizarrely, Matovu proceeded to perform an odd dance in round five before wading forward with a flurry of huge shots.

Price managed to stay clear of the majority of the Ugandan’s shots, but he was caught with a a couple and had to hold Matovu to win back momentum.

Price and his promoter Frank Maloney will no doubt be delighted that the Scarborough cruiserweight managed to win all six rounds on his step-up from three rounds, looking calm and collected throughout and seemingly handled the extra three rounds well.

He showed a good chin when caught with meaningful blows for the first time in his five bouts to date and showed great temperament when Matovu tried to turn the contest into a brawl.

Bigger challenges lie ahead for Price in the next year or so, including a possible trip to the USA for a fight, but he is looking up to the task at the moment.

Maloney, who has big plans for the Scarborough cruiserweight, insists that Price can dominate the division, if he can improve his jab’s velocity.

That statement has delighted Price, who was also pleased to hear of a possible fight in the USA.

Price said: “It’s great that Frank has confidence in me.

“It’s just a case of sitting down on my shots a bit more.

“Frank is trying to get David Price a fight in America and he’s said that he’s going to try and get me on the same bill as well.

“That would be great for me. I fought abroad as an amateur, but to do it as a professional boxer, hopefully on a big bill, would be a great experience for me.”

Maloney has also hinted at a possible fight for Price in Scarborough, with the Spa a possible venue.

Price added: “I’d love to have a bout staged in Scarborough.

“My fans have travelled all over the place supporting me, so it would be great to be able to fight in town.”

Following his points win on Saturday, Price is pleased with his progress.

He added: “I didn’t do anything wrong on Saturday night, the plan was to get six rounds of experience in, which I did.

“Things are going well for me. Matovu was alright, he was strong.

“I still haven’t lost a round yet, so I’m pleased so far.”