SCARBOROUGH’S Danny Price continued his impressive start to life as a professional with a comprehensive points win against veteran Zimbabwean Hastings Rasani at Peterlee on Saturday night.
Price followed up his 41-second debut demolition of Michal Tomko with a confident 40-36 points win against an opponent weighing over a stone more than him and boasting over 90 professional outings.
With the backing of a vocal travelling support of over 100 fans, Price set about Rasani with a series of accurate and stinging jabs that the veteran took well.
Rasani tried to use his experience to mess up the bout and Price’s rythym, but the 26 year old former Westway man wasn’t flustered and kept to a game plan.
Rasani hit the deck in the first round but the referee judged that he had slipped, but Price was controlling the bout and his seasoned opponent was getting visibly frustrated by his lack of opportunities to land any meaninful blows on the rangey Price.
Price had more success in the second round as the pattern of the fight remained the same - the Scarborough man landing with his jab while keeping his opponent at bay.
On a couple of occasions, Price managed to land with thunderous right hands to Rasani’s head that clearly rocked him, but he was unable to follow through and put any pressure on the Zimbabwean.
Rasani continued to try and break up Price’s tempo by grabbing hold and trying to catch him off balance.
But the former Great Britain amateur kept his cool and continued with his game plan to box behind his ramrod jab that continued to find its target.
Price’s best work came in the third round as he rocked his man with a superb combination, a follow-through right hand wobbled Rasani on the ropes, but Price failed to maintain the onslaught and take out his opponent, who clearly didn’t want to be in the ring by this stage.
The Scarborough man then found the target with a stinging left to the body that clearly shook Rasani, who was marked above his right eye.
Price seemed keen to finish off his man in the latter stages of the third round as he looked to land his big right hand instead of sticking with the jab that had served him well in the earlier exchanges.
But with a superb 43 per cent of his 130 punches thrown finding the target, Price’s accuracy told, with the judges handing him a comprehensive 40-36 victory against a man with more weight and fights under his belt.
The experience of going four rounds with a seasoned veteran will do Price the world of good after the quick-fire embarrassment of Tomko in Bolton in October.
He will no doubt be eyeing up the likes of Matty Askin, Leon Williams and Jon-Lewis Dickinson as he looks to make a quick ascent up the domestic cruiserweight ranks.