DANNY Price cruised to a third win from three professional outings with a polished points victory against Bulgarian Tayar Mehmed on the undercard of David Price’s emphatic knockout of John McDermott at Liverpool Olympia on Saturday night.
Price came to the ring looking to build upon his comfortable wins against Michal Tomko and Hastings Rasani and he never looked in any real danger against the 26-year-old from Burgas, with referee Steve Gray awarding Price a 40-35 points victory.
Working behind an accurate and stinging left jab, Price kept his man at length and boxed to his strengths, landing to the body on a number of occassions when coming forward.
Mehmed seemed frustrated at his inability to come forward and apply any meaningful and concerted pressure on Price, and this opened up gaps for the Scarborough man to capitalise on.
But Mehmed offered up more of a challenge to Price than Tomko or Rasani had done in his previous two outings since turning to the professional ranks.
Price had to show a good chin on a number of occasions as Mehmed landed, but he was able to work his way out of any danger, using his rangy jab and good movement to find space.
Price’s pressure told right on the bell at the end of the second round when he landed a concussive right uppercut on Mehmed, sending him stumbling into the ropes.
Mehmed managed to gather himself and was up on his feet after an eight count, making it back to his corner and out for the third round.
Price looked to come forward in the third, cheered o=n by his travelling fans, but he couldn’t land any telling blows to put pressure on his man.
With the jab still finding its target though, Price was able to maintain control of the fight and keep Mehmed at bay.
The fight started to become more scrappy than the opening two rounds, with Price never really in any danger but struggling to land with any real venom like he had managed in the earlier exchanges of the opening two of the four-round contest.
But Mehmed still struggled to find the target and Price looked comfortable throughout, sticking resolutely to a stringent gameplan to box behind his impressive and accurate jab.
This concerted effort looked to have drained Price slightly as he started to hold more in the fourth and final round.
But he was still able to land with some crisp body shots and still managed to keep the jab going nicely enough to cruise the round.
Price will be eager to step up in class in the not too distant future as he looks to make swift progress up the ranks in a cruiserweight division currently lacking in any world class prospects domestically.
His promoter Frank Maloney seems keen to move both him and David Price, who took John McDermott apart at the top of the bill on Saturday, up into tougher contests in 2012.
Danny Price seems ready to step up.