Pryce believes he has one more title push left

Pryce believes he has one more title push left

Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (35-20, 19KO) believes he has one more title push in him as he nears the end of his career.

34-year-old Pryce will appear on Warrior Promotions’ ‘Enter The Dragon’ show at the Newport Centre on Saturday. The former Commonwealth light-middleweight champion will face Trowbridge’s Dan Blackwell (6-48, 1KO), brother of British champion Nick, in a six round middleweight contest.

He said: “The aim is to work towards a title shot of some sort. I’m not going in there to get beat anymore. If I don’t think I can win it, I won’t take the fight.

“I manage myself and I want to do it properly. I’m taking a big pay cut for this fight, know what I mean?”

Pryce has recently established his own boxing gym in Rhymney and spends most of his days at the facility, guiding a range of people from keep-fitters to amateur hopefuls. It’s allowed the father of three to spend more time training, dedicating his days to building in to the middleweight division.

He said: “I’m training hard and constant, all the time. I want to give it one good go, one good push at my natural weight. I’m naturally bigger now, I feel a lot stronger and I feel like I’m going to do something.

“I’m pretty busy all of the time and I’ve just been waiting for a fight to come up. When I’m training people in the gym, I’m not just shouting orders, I’m involved in every session and pushing my body to the limit. I’m not 21 anymore but I am experienced now.

“I know I’m slowing down with age, so I’ve decided to do more weights. I never done them before, I feel the benefit already, I’m stronger now.”

The Welshman’s 56th career outing will be just his second appearance in his home country during the last four years. Pryce has taken on all-comers as an away opponent, often competing against championship caliber opposition on short notice. The recent form of the talented switch-hitter has inevitably dipped, with just two wins in his last 12 fights, and observers would be forgiven for labelling Pryce with a journeyman tag.

However, the veteran insists that he’ll be more selective in the final chapter of his 16 year career. Pryce said: “I learned from my last fight against Rick Skelton [10 round decision loss], I did try and go down that journeyman route… I didn’t train whatsoever, took the fight for the money, I got in there and found I didn’t know how to box like a journeyman.

“I can’t just stay there, get hit and not try to win. I was trying to fight back but there was nothing in my tank. After that fight, I thought that’s it, I thought I was done but I’m training properly at my own gym now.”

It will also be the first time that Pryce and his younger brother Darren (0-9-2) have fought on the same show as professional boxers. Darren, who goes by the ring alias of ‘The Punisher’, is trained by Richie Garner and will rematch Ricky Leach (0-4-1) following their four round draw in 2014. Both bantamweights will be aiming to record their first wins in the paid code.

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