Scarborough’s Danny Price survived the biggest scare of his professional career to date with a stunning knockout win against Czech fighter Michal Bilak.
Price had to drag himself off the canvas at the end of a dramatic opening round after a huge overhand right from the Czech fighter to maintain his perfect record since turning professional.
Price started brightly, working behind his accurate and forceful jab, before landing with a couple of stiff follow-through right hands that rocked his shorter opponent Bilak.
While Bilak managed to survive the first two right shots, he couldn’t take a third from Price, who put his man down to the canvas.
Bilak recovered after the mandatory eight count but was down again after he seemed to lose his balance when throwing another overhand right and Price clipped him with a left hook that sent him down for the second time in the opening round.
The Scarborough man continued to dominate in similar fashion, landing a neat right hand that he followed up with stinging left hooks to the body.
Nearing the end of a dramatic first round though, Price was taken to a place that he hasn’t been since turning professional after he hit the deck following a huge overhand right from Bilak.
The Scarborough man only just managed to make the 10 count and was allowed to carry on by referee Mark Lynson, but had to survive a Bilak onslaught for the remainder of the round before the bell allowed him the chance to return to his corner and regain his composure.
Price’s corner worked wonders to get their man back in shape and he seemed to get back working behind his jab against the dangerous Czech.
He enjoyed some success with the left hook again and took the second round comfortably.
Price came out in bullish mood in the third round after his rude awakening in the previous exchanges and landed with a vicious left hook that unsteadied Bilak, who responded with a left hand of his own that rocked Price.
The fight was over after two minutes 49 seconds of the third round though as the former ABA Champion Price thundered home a stunning right hand that finally broke Bilak, who was poleaxed on the canvas for a couple of minutes after referee Lynson waved off the contest.
Price will now look to press him claims for a title shot, with fights against Martyn Grainger for the vacant central area title and against Newcastle’s Jon Lewis Dickinson for the British title - a fight promoter Phil Jeffries is keen to make happen in the near future.
Don’t miss our video footage from the Spa and Danny’s reaction after his tough night’s work on Monday. Follow @SN_Sport for updates.