Pryce to end inactivity with Markham at super-middleweight

Pryce to end inactivity with Markham at super-middleweight

On Saturday, Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (35-16, 19KO) will return to the spiritual home of British boxing in an attempt to kick off a new chapter in his 15 year career. The Welshman has been unable to secure a fight since stopping Raimonds Sniedze six months ago and the only opportunity to come is against Lee Markham (11-1, 6KO) at London’s York Hall on a Goodwin Promotions show. Openly admitting that he was left without many other options, Pryce said, “They offered this fight to me a while back and it was the only fight being offered to me. To be fair, we looked at it and… why not? It’s a winnable fight. “This is probably the first time in my career that I’ve had such inactivity, one fight in nine months. I need to start getting a bit more active and if I win this fight, it’ll get me back in the picture a bit. “I’m gunna switch on, give a true account of myself and this is going to tell me how good I am. I’m confident I can win, if I wasn’t then I’d have to take a good, hard look at myself and where I go from here.” Despite the occasional foray in to higher weight classes, with mixed success, observers will be used to seeing Pryce campaign around the light-middleweight (11st) category where he once enjoyed a three-year Commonwealth title reign. However, Saturday’s British Masters Gold title shot comes up at super-middleweight and typically up for the challenge, Pryce doesn’t believe he’s giving a weight advantage away to Markham. He said, “I’m happy with the new weight. I’m stepping up as the fight is made at a catch-weight, 11st 10lbs. I’ve filled out now, I’m bigger and stronger. “My last fight was the same weight in March and I just think he (Markham) can’t be a natural super-middleweight because there’s no chance he could make 11st 10lbs if he was. “If he doesn’t make the weight, then we don’t fight, simple as that. We’re both coming down to get to the limit, I’ve been walking around just under the 13st limit all year. So, it won’t be much of a difference in the size of us.” Saturday’s fight will be Pryce’s seventh at the iconic east end venue, five of which have been wins with just two defeats. A bus full of fans will make the seven hour round trip and the support is a luxury the 33-year-old wants to repay. He said, “The last time I boxed there was against Michael Lomax (8 round points win) over a year ago and it was the last time I took a crowd to a fight. I’m taking a bus load back there again and they’re my motivation like. They’re coming a long way and I’m going to get the win for them. “It’s a great place to box and I’ve had some great nights at York Hall. It’s one of the best places to box and I’m really looking forward to it.” Tickets are priced at £100 VIP (front two rows ringside and a free bar from 5pm-7:30pm), £60 (reserved ringside) and £35 (unreserved seating). Available from www.GoodwinPromotions.co.uk.

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