12:20pm Friday 20th December 2013
FRANKIE Gavin will now take on former Commonwealth Champion Bradley Pryce at the First Direct Arena in Leeds tonight.
It was announced yesterday that Gavin would face Juliano Ramos, who replaced Joseph Lamptey, but the Brazilian had passport issues which meant that he was unable to travel.
With the search on for a replacement, Welsh warrior Pryce answered the call and is fit and ready to face the unbeaten Birmingham star.
Gavin will face Newbridge's Pryce in an above weight 10-round contest, featuring as chief support to Stuart Hall’s Vacant IBF World Bantamweight title challenge against Vusi Malinga, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Pryce, a pro for over 14 years, has fought a who’s who of British boxing and has previously held the Commonwealth Light-Middleweight crown, making six successful defences. More recently he’s taken top talents Billy Joe Saunders, Ricky Godding and Chris Eubank Jnr the distance. His last fight was against big-punching European champion Sergey Rabchenko in November who he took twelve rounds for the second after their first fight in May 2011.
The 28-year-old has had a turbulent 48 hours, but has remained focussed and is looking forward to ending 2014 with an exciting performance.
“It’s certainly been a test of my focus and resolve with the change of opponents, but the main thing is that I’m still fighting, the training hasn’t gone to waste and I’m putting on a good show for the fans to close the year,” Said Gavin.
“It’s been a tough and testing time for the team, and the hardest of my career, but it’s been a learning experience and if anything happens like this again I’m prepared,”
“Pryce is a tough, hard, and experienced fighter and has seen it all. He hasn’t been stopped for almost five years since Matthew Hall took the Commonwealth light-middleweight title off him. Since then he’s fought almost everyone in the division, he took Billy Joe Saunders the distance plus Chris Eubank Jnr and only last month he took the hard-hitting Sergey Rabchenko the full twelve rounds,”
“I’m leagues above Pryce though and there’s no way I can lose to him. I’m not disrespecting him or overlooking him, but I believe in my skill and ability and I know I’ve got too much for him. Obviously if the openings come I’ll look to take him out early and if I can stop him it will be a great night for me.”
Pryce was in confident mood. "Sugar (he is known as Sugar Sweet Bradley Pryce) is ready, I just couldn't turn this chance down," he said.
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