Boxnation TV commentator and former British Super Middleweight champion Paul Smith Jnr was full of praise for Scarborough cruiserweight Danny Price after he improved when beating durable Latvian veteran Jevgenijs Andreyevs at Aintree on Friday night.
Smith was ringside at Aintree to commentate for dedicated boxing television broadcaster BoxnationTV, and took time out after the show to sing the praises of his friend Price, who put a notably durable Andreyevs on the canvas for the first time in 15 contests on his way to a 60-53 success.
Speaking to The Scarborough News, Smith said: “Danny is improving, he’s a good mate and that’s why I can be his harshest critic.
“In his last fight I really worried about him and I was sitting at ringside shouting for him.
“It was good to see a big improvement in him tonight. That Latvian was as durable as they come. So to have him over was great and it was a big improvement from his last fight.”
Price was hugely disappointed with his efforts last time round against Welshman Hari Miles, despite winning by a narrow points margin.
And while Smith agrees Price was far from his best at the Liverpool Echo, getting the win was the main thing in the end.
Smith added: “Hari Miles is a good kid and it was still a very good win for him, but by his standards it was a bad performance because he didn’t do what Danny can do.
“He’s a good mate of mine and it’s not me being harsh on him. I’d listen to him if he had similar things to say to me.
“Regardless of whether I’ve had more fights or won more fights or whatever, I’m a fellow professional and we were both top amateurs so I can spot things he can’t see in the ring.
“It’s sometimes hard to see everything when you’re in there so it’s always helpful to have someone knowledgeable shouting for you outside the ring.”
The former British super middleweight champion is predicting a bright future for the Scarborough man, who is hoping to line up an English title shot early oin 2013.
“Regardless of how good he is, and I know Danny is very good, the weight division is wide open and it’s there to capitalise on,” Smith added.
“If he can build himself up to 10/12 rounds and get himself in the mix straight away, I would really put him in with anyone for the British, Commonwealth or whatever title at the weight.
“It depends if it happens soon enough. I think his promoter really needs to push him on now and put him in the mix.
“Someone like Miles would have been a better fight for him tonight. Danny will improve against better kids who are coming to win.”
Price was again disappointed to be pencilled in as one of the swing fights that take place after the main event and the televised card.
But he has to get used to last minute alterations and fight times changing according to Smith, who has experienced that himself in the past.
Smith said: “That’s the professional game and Danny has to get used to that. I’ve had times when I’ve been on the bill and then not even got on the card then fought the next week, and it happened just last week to Ashley Theophane so he’s just got to get used to that.”
Don’t miss Thursday’s Scarborough News for more from Danny’s win at Aintree on Friday night.