Scarborough cruiserweight Danny Price produced an improved performance to win his seventh consecutive professional bout at Aintree on Friday night.
Price was in action on the undercard of Liverpool heavyweight David Price’s second round knockout of Matt Skelton, taking on durable Latvian Jevgenijs Andrejevs.
The Scarborough man was again pencilled in as one of the selected swing fights following a disappointing performance last time out against Hari Miles, scheduled after the main event and therefore not televised live on BoxnationTV.
But Price put that slight blow to one side as he looked to bounce back from his bitter disappointment following his narrow win over Welsh southpaw Miles.
Andrejevs, a much smaller man than Price, had been in with the likes of Tony Bellew, Travis Dickinson and Ryan Rhodes before Friday’s bout, proving a very durable opponent despite his poor overall record of 49 defeats from 56 prior fights.
Following what Price described as a ‘positive’ pre-fight camp in Portugal with David Price and John McDermott, he looked to get on the front foot in the opening exchanges, landing with several good left hands while looking to work from good angles against the awkward Latvian.
Andrejevs took the shots well and continued to try and find one big punch against the much taller Price, but the Scarborough man continued to dominate and cruised the first three rounds of the scheduled six.
Price seemed to take his foot off the gas a little in the fourth and a very quiet round ensued, with neither man landing any telling blows.
Looking to finish in strong fashion, Price stepped his foot back on the gas in the fifth, but Andrejevs’ size and awkward style were still proving a hindrance for the former Westway amateur.
Price’s strongest moments came in the sixth and final round when he looked to apply more pressure to his man and went after a stoppage.
Andrejevs hit the canvas for the first time in 15 fights when Price offloaded a superb shot, but the Latvian was quickly back to his feet following a manadatory eight-count.
The Scarborough man looked to close out a stoppage in the closing exchanges but Andrejevs showed why he has now only been stopped three times in his 57-fight career.
Price was awarded a 60-53 points win on the referee’s scorecard and will now take a break over the Christmas period before looking to edge closer to an English title shot in the New Year, with a potential bout against the likes of Southport’s Mike Stafford and Sunderland’s David Dolan on the cards.
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