PRYCE TO BATTLE BLACKWELL

Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (35-16, 19KO) has agreed to fight Trowbridge’s Nick Blackwell (15-3, 6KO) since his fight with Sam Sheedy has fallen through. The 33-year-old Welshman will face Blackwell on a Frank Warren show in Wolverhampton on August 1st. Earlier this year, Pryce stated his intentions to box at welterweight but a lack of opportunities has seen him return to middleweight. The bout with Blackwell has been made at an agreed weight of 11st 7lbs (161lbs), 1lb above the championship limit. Pryce, a former Commonwealth light-middleweight champion, was initially due to face the unbeaten in thirteen Sheedy on June 20th in Doncaster but the Yorkshireman fell ill with a virus this week. That show has now been postponed to July 25th but it won’t include Pryce. Jamie Arthur, trainer and manager of Pryce, said, “Bradley has had three fights fall through on him in the last couple of months, so he’s fit to fight and we want to get him out as soon as possible. “I phoned Jason McClory (Frank Warren’s matchmaker) about potential fights and the opportunity with Nick Blackwell was there. Even though it’s at middleweight with a day before weigh in, we’re taking it. “Bradley’s around about 12st now but he’s not out of shape. We’ll do some strength and conditioning work, make him fill in to being a middleweight again.” Blackwell has won English and WBC Youth titles in his five year career but lost in challenges for British, Commonwealth and WBA Inter-Continental titles, albeit against a high standard of opposition. Meanwhile, Pryce has suffered defeats in six of his last eight contests, not helped by many of the opportunities coming at late notice. However, Pryce won his last contest with a second round stoppage of Raimonds Sniedze at the Newport Centre in March. Arthur said, “We’ve seen a little bit of Nick and Bradley has sparred him before. He’s a fast, sharp boxer and it’s down to me to put a good plan together to execute on the night. “Bradley’s aiming to go out there and win on the night. He’s had a taste of the winning feeling again, having won by knockout in his last contest and that’s what he wants to do again. “Bradley’s no spring chicken, he’s had 50 or so fights and he hasn’t got long left… So, lets go out there with a bang.” For tickets and a travel package, contact Arthur’s Gym on 01443404733.

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