KING TO FIGHT FRIEND AND FOE

Cardiff’s Kyle King (3-3) will have to overcome old friend and foe Darren Pryce (0-5-1) on Friday if he is to continue his quest to become Wales’ first ever super-flyweight champion. The pair rematch at the Newport Centre on ‘Enter The Dragon’, the first promotion of former WBO world champion Steve Robinson, and the winner is being lined up to fight Najah Ali for the Welsh title in May. 24-year-old King said, “A four rounder can be a bit like a sparring session, especially with someone you know like Darren but this is over six rounds, something neither of us have ever done. “It’s new territory and the winner gets to fight for the Welsh title, it gives you that bit more motivation to go out and do the job well.” King was originally supposed to be fighting Ali for the title, which has never been fought for before, but the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) refused to sanction it as King hasn’t completed six-three minute rounds. Illness ruled Ali out of the rescheduled date, Pryce stood in and the fight was made as a six round Welsh title eliminator yesterday. Three years ago, King beat Pryce on points in a frantically paced four rounder at the same venue but he’s not reading too much in to it. He said, “I can’t take anything from the first fight. I sparred Darren five weeks ago because he was going to be my sparring partner for Najah and he had totally changed from what I remembered. “He’s got a new trainer now, Richie Garner, and when we were sparring the other week we could see his trainer telling him technical things to work on. Before, I think he might have been training just to be fit, rather than training to learn to box. “Darren was more of a rounded boxer now. In the first fight, we both just went at it to knock each other out but I think this time we’ve both come on at boxing and it’ll be more of a technical fight.” King, who is gym-mates with Darren’s older brother Bradley Pryce, gets along well with his opponent but he’s expecting no favours when the friends meet in the ring. He said, “I’ve had Bradley in my ear all week telling me how up for it Darren is. I’m expecting the best Darren there can be. We all know it’s going to be a hard fight. Boxing wise, I should be a level above Darren but he is fired up for it, so I know he’s going to come out for the win. “Me and Darren were having a laugh in the gym about our last fight, we get on fine and wished each other luck in our last couple of fights. We’ll probably be getting on tomorrow, having a laugh at the weigh-in but when we get in there, we’re both there to win. “I don’t get motivated by fighting journeymen. If Darren was coming just to be a punch bag, I wouldn’t be up for it. I’ve got the bit between my teeth now, I know Darren is going to bring it. In the first fight, he pushed me all the way and I’m expecting the same again in this fight.” Tickets to ‘Enter The Dragon’ are priced at £60 for ringside seats with a VIP buffet and £30 for standard seating. You can buy tickets at www.SteveRobinsonPromotions.com or by calling 02920 492970.

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