I WILL be joining my colleague Martin Dowey for the trip to Bolton on Saturday for Danny Price’s professional debut on the undercard of the Scott Quigg v Jason Booth bout.
No doubt Martin will give the company van a stern test while blaring out the sultry sounds of UB40, David Bowie and the Village People - but I’m hoping that despite all that the three-hour drive will be worth it.
Not only will it be my first time taking in a live boxing card, but having looked into the venue for Saturday, there is also a Nando’s nearby which will be a nice bonus.
Scarborough hasn’t enjoyed the best of times in the sport of boxing since the sad injuries incurred by Paul Ingle during his infamous last fight against Mbulelo Botile back in 2000.
This will be a big test for Price. At the time of writing this column, Price still didn’t know who he will go toe-to-toe with come Saturday.
This is a serious problem in that Price won’t be able to prepare a specific game-plan in relation to his opponent.
Price will also have to adjust from his amateur days to the professional game, as well as tweaking his tactics from that of scoring points to winning rounds and going for the crucial knock-out.
But having seen Price in action on a couple of occasions, I think he stands a good chance of making quick progress up the rankings in a Cruiserweight division lacking in big names at present.
He has a quick jab and long reach in his locker that will no doubt stand him in good stead in the pro ranks.
Price showed his potential back in December 2006 when he beat Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew 8-6.
The win over Bellew was one of his 41 as an amateur in 49 contests.
I gave X-Factor a miss on Saturday night to watch Bellew top the bill in his native Liverpool against WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Nathan Cleverly (pictured above).
Bellew showed great resolve to go the distance as I thought he was out on his feet at the end of the sixth after throwing some big punches that Cleverly took admirably - on one occasion showing Naseem Hamed-esque showmanship while Bellew was unloading on him.
If Price managed to out-jab Bellew, who was sharper than Cleverly at times on Saturday, then I see no reason why he can’t start his pro career with a bang and impress people on the way.