Boxers who choose to go on the road but still attempt to win are rare due to the difficulty of the task but two of those who do so are Gareth Piper and Darren Pryce. Piper (2-8-1), nephew of former Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Nicky, has been on the receiving end of more than one dubious decision but the 28-year-old has picked up his first win since beating Tony Pace, almost three years ago. Last night in Gloucester, Piper out-pointed Bristol’s classy Dan Sarkozi (2-1) who is trained by Chris Sanigar. The light-middleweight contest was refereed by Martin Williams who scored the four round contest 40-37 in favour of the Welshman. Piper is trained by Gareth Seward in a gym above the Royal Oak pub, the site where Cardiff boxing legend Jim Driscoll sharpened the skills that took him to a world featherweight title challenge in 1909. Newport’s Pryce (0-6-2), younger brother of former Commonwealth light-middleweight champion Bradley, is yet to record a professional win and the unwanted streak has continued this weekend. Today, Pryce travelled to East London’s iconic York Hall venue with his trainer Richie Garner to face Kent’s debutant Ricky Leach (0-0-1) and the contest ended as a draw. Pryce was up against it from the start and it only got worse when he was on the wrong end of an accidental head clash. Despite an injury, Pryce pressed the action and would have recorded his first professional win if he wasn’t deducted a point by the referee.

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