PRYCE SIGNS SELKIRK CONTRACT

BoxingWales can exclusively reveal that Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (34-13, 18KO) has signed a contract to face Liverpool’s undefeated Joe Selkirk (11-0, 5KO) on October 7th for the WBO European light-middleweight championship on a Frank Warren Promotions show in London. Pryce, 32, last fought in July when he beat Michael Lomax on points in a welterweight contest. The Welshman enjoyed a ten day break from training after the bout and he wanted to remain at welterweight but a lack of opportunities has forced him to return to light-middleweight. He said, “I’ve always fought anybody, anywhere. I’ve fought a who’s who of British boxing and I want to be known as a real fighter. It’s been a long road back to title fights like this and with this one, I get a chance to be world ranked which could open doors down the line. I’m avoided at welterweight and when this chance came at light-middleweight, I couldn’t turn it down. “I know it’s a hard fight against a top prospect but I’m not going to get any easy fights. I showed in my last fight that I can go in the away corner and win. They underestimated me, thought they were getting me on the slide and Selkirk will too. He’s going to be shocked. Under Jamie Arthur, I’m back to the old Bradley Pryce.” Selkirk stands at over six foot and the Scouser’s talent is without question, having enjoyed a stellar amateur career that included a welterweight ABA title and numerous international appearances while boxing out of the renowned Rotunda ABC. The professional ranks have been stop-start for Selkirk, 28, with good wins hampered by hand injuries. It has resulted in the Liverpudlian fighting just 11 times in five years and Pryce believes he’s beatable. Pryce said, “Selkirk’s going to need to go to the bottom of the well but I don’t know if he’s willing to do it. He’s had some hand injuries in the past and you can see him holding back when he fights, he doesn’t throw his right much because he doesn’t know if the bones in the hand will shatter or not. “I’ll go in to the fight knowing that I’ll give it everything, can he say the same? I don’t know if he can and I don’t think he does either but we’ll find out soon enough. 10 rounds is a long time, I’ve got 30 minutes to find his breaking point, that’s my job.”

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