Big step up for champ Price

First published in Sport

CARDIGAN ABC’s Welsh schoolboy champ Ioan Price successfully made a big step up in class by outpointing the vastly more experienced Ryan Martinos (Victoria Park ABC) in the first amateur boxing show staged at Mathry in over 30 years on Saturday night.

The Crymych schoolboy produced a near-faultless display of speed and movement to overcome an opponent who has won 18 out of 24 bouts – it was the 11th successive victory of Croft’s burgeoning career.

Twin brother Garan just failed to make it a family double when he controversially lost on points to Joe Morgan, of Mountain Ash, following a hard-fought, spirited encounter. Brother Ioan gets the chance to gain instant revenge against Morgan when the pair clash in Tumble on a divisional show this Saturday.

Mathry schoolboy Tom Morris earned the most popular victory of the night when he outpointed Penyrheol’s Calum Bolton, while Emyr Simmons, Eglwyswrw’s 16-year-old flyweight, seemed unlucky to drop a split decision against Bridgend’s Bradley Pearce.

Aberporth’s 17-year-old heavyweight Josh Lloyd-Roby lost on points to Liam Whitehouse (Premier ABC) in a hard-hitting encounter, while Broadmoor’s Peter Price – who will be attempting to win a British CYP title in Tyne and Wear this week – boxed a high-class exhibition against nine-times Welsh champion Ben Baker, from Kilgetty.

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