Danny Price’s promoter Frank Maloney has warned the Scarborough fighter to start finishing opponents or risk fading into boxing obscurity.
Price won his seventh consecutive professional bout against Latvian Jevgenijs Andrejevs at Aintree on Friday night, a fight that Maloney admits he didn’t even watch.
The Scarborough man has only managed to stop one of his seven opponents to date, that stoppage coming in his professional debut against Slovakian Michal Tomko, and his promoter is concerned that he isn’t providing the level of entertainment required.
“Danny needs to start stopping people,” Maloney told The Scarborough News.
“He needs to forget he was a top-class amateur and start emulating David Price, who has made the transition to professional boxing a lot better.”
The man who promoted former local hero Paul Ingle to the IBF World Featherweight Championship has also hit out at the people of Scarborough, who he believes haven’t supported Price enough.
“I’m disappointed that the people of Scarborough haven’t supported Danny,” he said.
“Paul Ingle was getting coach loads of people coming to his fights at this stage of his career and it’s disappointing to see that Danny isn’t.”
Maloney believes the sport of boxing has changed, and with a host of top prospects clambering for limited television coverage, admits Price will be left behind if he doesn’t start entertaining.
He added: “I’m in the entertainment business and I want to see exciting fights.
“Boxing has changed and now there is more demand for the television coverage from fighters, he has to make the step up and start taking them out.”
Despite this stinging warning, Maloney is planning on a big step up for Price in his next fight and hopes that will bring the best out of him.
Maloney said: “He’s going to step up in his next fight.
“The opponents have to step up and Danny has to as well.
“I will be speaking to all my fighters soon to sort out when they will next be out.”
A fight in Scarborough looks unlikely to happen for Price, who will more than likely fight on the undercard of another David Price bout in February, rumoured to be in Liverpool again.
He added: “Danny isn’t a top of the bill fighter yet so I don’t see how a fight in Scarborough could work.”
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