Hopey Price picked up his first professional title with a scintillating stoppage.
The former Olympic Youth Games champion was in action at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds, England.
Price, trained and managed by Dave Coldwell, took on local rival Zahid Hussain, exclusively live on DAZN, as part of the supporting cast to Josh Warrington’s revenge mission against Mauricio Lara of Mexico.
The fast-rising, highly-skilled southpaw prospect who won seven national titles and two European Championships medals in the unpaid ranks, dropped his foe –– a former Central Area featherweight titlist –– at the end of the first round.
Both fighters suffered cuts in the second round, with Hussain looking the worse of the duo, but Price battled through it, having been cut to the left eye, to drop ‘Magic Man’ –– who had a big gash to his forehead –– again before the referee Howard Foster waved off the action after two minutes and 33 seconds of the second round.
Price, 21, is now 6-0 with two quick, while Hussain suffered defeat for the second time in 18 fights.
Also on the card, Jack Bateson continued his unblemished run as a pro over six rounds.
The decorated amateur, a former member of Team GB, took on super-bantamweight Felix Garcia.
Bateson, trained by his father Mark, was down in the dying embers of the second round but did enough against the Spanish-based Nicaraguan to take the fight by a margin of 58 points to 56.
Brandon Stansfield returned from a hiatus of more than two years with a convincing points win.
The 24-year-old had been out of action since July 2019 and came away with a straightforward 40-36 decision on Fleetwood man Gray’s scorecard against MJ Hall.
Stansfield is now 2-0 and will be looking to get back sooner rather than later, while Hall –– in action against top amateur George Bance on the Frank Warren-promoted card in Birmingham last week –– slipped to 2-63-2 in defeat.
Mali Wright kicked off the show, and his professional career, with a quick finish.
The Nick Manners-trained light-heavyweight took on Antony Woolery of Wolverhampton and was in complete control throughout the scheduled four-round contest.
Wright had won both of the completed rounds when referee Lyson accepted the red corner’s retirement at the end of the second to give the local talent a positive start to his paid ledger.