ENTER THE DRAGON UNDERCARD

There were four non-title undercard contests on Steve Robinson Boxing Promotions’ ‘Enter The Dragon’ show, here’s how they played out… Cardiff’s super-flyweight Kyle King (4-3) beat Darren Pryce (0-6-1) for the second time with a clear points decision over four rounds, referee Clarke Joslyn scored the contest 40-37 in favour of the former. King, who picked up his first win in two years, and Pryce got off to a tentative start with both jostling for position. Aside from an accidental head clash that left Pryce with a large swelling lump on his forehead, not a lot happened in the opener. Early in the second round, Pryce landed a sweet right hand that put King on his heels and momentarily staggered him. However, King quickly recovered and timed Pryce’s attacks to land left hooks and he landed a right hand of his own that hurt Pryce, who ended up on the canvas after a follow up attack but the referee deemed it to be a slip. It was routine traffic for King thereafter, although another accidental head clash hurt both boxers in round three and left Pryce with a badly cut left eye. Due to inactivity, it was actually King’s first victory for two years. Thankfully, King is scheduled to fight again in May and won’t suffer from inactivity again. Newbridge’s former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce (35-16, 19KO) recorded his first win in four fights with a relatively routine second round stoppage over Raimonds Sniedze (9-21-2, 7KO). It was the Welshman’s first fight in his home country for three years and it was nothing more than a confidence booster for Pryce who was forced to chase Sniedze around the ring for the opener. In the second round, Pryce hurt Sniedze and tumbled him to the floor. While sat in his corner, the Latvian then instructed referee Clarke Joslyn to end the contest and he retired in his corner. Nantymoel’s cruiserweight Danni Griffiths (4-1) stayed composed and concentrated with a 40-37 points victory over Aberystwyth’s Jamie Ambler (10-55-2, 3KO). For the first three rounds, Ambler didn’t engage and presented a mobile target but Griffiths didn’t run after his opponent, he instead decided to stick to the basics and cut the ring off. In the final round, such was Griffith’s success of tracking his opponent down, especially with body shots, it forced Ambler to stand and trade with Griffiths. This prompted the crowd to shamefully and sarcastically jeer Ambler – although he wasn’t over active, he rarely holds or spoils contests and he accepts them with very little notice. Given that Ambler was also 24lbs lighter than Griffiths, he deserved more respect from the crowd. Referee Reece Carter officiated. Mountain Ash’s Tony Dixon (4-0, 1KO) eventually got to grips with slippery Czech Republican Jan Balog (6-16-1, 1KO) and was judged by referee Reece Carter to have won every round. The Welshman was given the run around at times during the opener but he waited patiently, sometimes too long, for his chances and ambushed Balog once he was on the ropes. It seemed to take Dixon time to handle the southpaw stance but once he did, he dominated – especially in the last round where Balog seemed to be unravelling. It should be noted that Balog was a late replacement opponent and outweighed Dixon by 11lbs.

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