The potential rewards on offer for Bradley Pryce (34-15, 18KO) were probably the best of his career but it wasn’t to be for the Newbridge native who was defeated by European champion and WBC #1 contender Sergey Rabchenko (25-0, 18KO) last night in Bulgaria. Rabchenko retained his titles via decision and he’s likely to challenge for the WBC world light-middleweight title if Floyd Mayweather Jnr vacates as expected. Pryce finds himself with a 15th career defeat but he can hold his head higher than ever after a performance which showed he has plenty of fight left in the tank. The opening round was fairly even and the only standout punch was a right hand over the top from Pryce but the next two sessions would be punishing for the Welshman. Pryce’s gloves would briefly touch down in the third and he was forced to suck up a huge body shot, after the bell he appeared to be totally empty, he endured painful punishment and it wasn’t until the sixth round until he found a gutsy second wind and got going again. Pryce’s leaning over had made him an easy target for uppercuts but in the eighth round onwards it was instead useful for ducking under and dodging Rabchenko’s hooks and the Bulgarian did appear to miss more and more. As the bout progressed in to the last three rounds Pryce had no problem landing on Rabchenko, especially with the jab, but he was unable to make any real dent in Rabchenko who used his size wisely to win a close and competitive but clear decision. Kent pair both brave in defeat There were two more defeats for Welsh boxers in Kent on Mick Hennessy’s show. Light-welterweight Tony Pace (4-6-1) took on former two time British champion Lenny Daws (26-3-2, 10KO) and the Talbot Green man lost out on points, via a 58-56 scoreline. Wales’ middleweight champion Frankie Borg (8-2, 3KO) was stopped in the last 20 seconds of his fight with hot prospect Chris Eubank Jnr (12-0, 7KO). Although behind on points before the stoppage, Borg can still take pride in his performance, especially as he had less than 48 hours notice. The British Boxing Board of Control rules state that a boxer can’t compete for 28 days after a stoppage loss, meaning that Borg will be unable to appear on the Warrior Promotions show in the Sport Wales National Centre on December 13th – 27 days after the Eubank bout. Photo by Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions.

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