Pryce’s team make official complaint

Pryce’s team make official complaint

The team of Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (35-17, 19KO) have told BoxingWales that they will make an official complaint to the British Boxing Board of Control regarding the scoring of his controversial loss to Lee Markham (12-1, 6KO) on Saturday. The Welshman suffered the 17th defeat of his professional career when referee Bob Williams scored the contest 96-95 to Markham, crowning the Essex native the British Masters Gold super-middleweight champion. Pryce disagreed with the scorecard so much that soon after he withdrew to the changing rooms, he returned to ringside to seek an explanation from the referee who refused to engage in a conversation. After Pryce did return to the changing rooms, he was visited by Stephen Goodwin (Markham’s promoter) who said that he had scored the 33-year-old as the winner. The ten round contest on Goodwin Promotions’ ‘Five of the Best’ show at York Hall was arguably Fight of the Night but it will be little of comfort to Pryce without the win on his record, having recorded only two in his last nine outings. In the opening rounds, Markham attempted to use his size advantage and walk Pryce down but the visitor stayed a step ahead and lured Markham on to counters around the Englishman’s tight guard. As the bout progressed, the distance between the two shortened and they stood shoulder-to-shoulder to produce explosive exchanges. Neither fighter hurt the other in the opening five rounds, they jostled for position with Pryce retreating on the counter and Markham pressuring in an attempt to force his foe to make mistakes. Apart from a low blow by Markham in the fifth, the first major breakthrough belonged to Pryce in the sixth round as a right hook around the side rocked his opponent. Pryce’s momentum was momentarily derailed as he was clumsily pushed off balance but he had soon regained centre ring position and banged away at Markham who was covering up on the ropes, only to be interrupted by the bell. While Markham stayed upright, Pryce typically hung his head out to dry before pulling it back and throwing punches out of Markham’s eyeline. Although it was hard fought, Pryce progressed to his element and spent much of the 8th round looking away from Markham, posing to the crowd and mocking Markham by putting himself on the ropes. There was still hard work to go through though and both did, especially in the ninth which Pryce pipped with a late flurry as an electric atmosphere peaked. However, the referee judged Pryce the loser and the Welshman is left to ponder his next move and one option he told BoxingWales he’d like pursue is a Welsh middleweight title fight against Cardiff’s champion Frankie Borg (9-2, 3KO).

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