Legend McGuigan’s glowing praise for Price

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BRITISH boxing legend Barry McGuigan believes that Scarborough pro Danny Price has what it takes to challenge for world honours.

Commenting after Saturday night’s cruiserweight success over Zimbabwean Hastings Rasani at Peterlee Leisure Centre, former world featherweight champ McGuigan dished out plenty of praise.

He said: “At 26 maybe it is a little bit late to turn pro, but he is tall and he can punch with great authority.

“Danny was a world class amateur, he’s a lovely kid, he has real determination and great work ethic. With good quality sparring and regular fights I think he can develop into a British champion at the very least.”

Johnny Nelson, a former cruiserweight champion, added: “He is learning the pro game, as well as getting into the ring it is all the stuff that goes on around it.

“Frank Maloney needs to keep him busy and ticking over so he can cram as much in as possible.

“Physically he looks the part, he has the know-how and the ability. Now he just needs the ring time to move him on.”

Scarborough’s former world champion Paul Ingle was at Peterlee on the night, and he was impressed by Price’s performance in his second pro bout.

“That fight was great experience for Danny, the lad he fought was a lot heavier, so it wasn’t going to be easy.

“I was impressed with Danny, he is learning all the time. This isn’t something that happens overnight.”