Scarborough cruiserweight Danny Price came through his sternest test to date when he beat Ugandan Moses Matovu on points at Manchester’s Bowler’s Arena last night.
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 good chin and strong defence when Matovu waded forward with a flurry of big shots.
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, but he didn’t have things all his own way as the Ugandan landed two big right hands of his own.
But 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.
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 for with meaningful blows for the first time in his five bouts to date and showed temperament when Matovu tried to turn the contest into a brawl.
Bigger challenges lie ahead for Price in the next year or so, but he is looking up to the task at the moment.