“Boxing is a big thing in Scarborough, it is a real hotbed,” Frank Maloney told me when I spoke to him following Danny Price’s win against Tayar Mehmed in January.
Maloney continued: “Danny is just starting out and he has a solid following as well, which is good news for him.”
So as you can imagine, when I rang Maloney on Tuesday for his reaction to Friday night’s fight at Aintree, I was surprised to hear him criticise the people of Scarborough for a perceived lack of support.
Granted, the turnout at Aintree on Friday was the smallest Danny has enjoyed in his seven fights to date, but the event as a whole never lived up to expectations and was a bit of a damp squib in comparison with Maloney’s previous show at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
But having a go at the people of Scarborough is surely counter-productive for Maloney. Two hundred travelled to the Reebok Stadium in Bolton for Danny’s debut and a steady hardcore of about 80-100 have regularly made the long trips to Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield to watch him fight against journeymen.
Surely a fight in Scarborough or even York or Hull would be perfect for Danny at this stage of his career?
You would hopefully then be able to work up a following for Danny, who would then be more likely to make the three-hour treks west.
I have been at every one of Danny’s seven fights and the support has been great until last week, maybe a fight closer to home would boost those numbers.
With regards to Maloney’s quotes about Danny needing to be more exciting and finish fights off more, you can maybe understand him possibly having a slight worry that Danny hasn’t stopped anyone since his debut against Michal Tomko.
Admittedly, Danny was poor against Hari Miles at the Echo, and that has done him no favours, but he is a couple of wins away from a shot at the British title, then who knows from there?
If i was promoting an unbeaten prospect, I certainly wouldn’t be putting out any negative vibes like Maloney has done this week.
The timing of his remarks is really poor after a confidence-boosting win against a durable guy who hadn’t been put on the canvas in his 15 previous fights.
Putting Danny in with a guy who is known for being durable and then having a go after he doesn’t knock him out doesn’t add up for me.
Still, Danny’s next outing will certainly be an interesting one.
Maloney says he’s going to step Danny up to the next level, perhaps on another David Price undercard early in 2013.
I for one will be an interested spectator at ringside, and hopefully Danny will have a large following behind him and he will rise to the challenge that has been set down to him by his promoter.
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