In a month that was marked by only a single mega fight but was absolutely loaded with high-level prospects cards completely dedicated to showing off the new, young, talent. One man’s performance stands far above all others. In a division already choc-filled with an incredible amount of youthful talent. It’s time to add the name Hopey Price to the list of top-notch 122-pounders that already include, Brandon Figeroa, Stephen Fulton, Murodjon Akhmadaliev, and Raeese Aleem. Price of Leeds, Yorkshire, England moved to 6-0 (2) captured our prospect of the month award, answered any questions about his power, and propels himself one step closer to a world title by absolutely destructing Zahid Hussain, in two quick rounds on the undercard of Warrington-Lara II.
Husain, also of Yorkshire, is a solid pro who entered the Price fight with a 16-1 record and was supposed to present a real challenge to the undefeated prospect. He was supposed to push him deep into the fight and test him in ways he hasn’t been tested yet. That was not the case as Price handed in a career-best performance. in the opening round Price strategically used his jab to keep his opponent uncomfortable and on his back foot. Controlling the distance like a seasoned pro, the southpaw Price began shooting left hands to the body. Price was setting up something and that something was a picture-perfect right hook that dropped Hussein just as the bell rang to end the opening stanza. Price hopped on the gas in the second round pressuring his wounded opponent with a sense of urgency and a straight left hand again caught the attention of Hussein and another sent him reeling into the ropes and began battering him. Knowing he could hurt his opponent at will, the southpaw went in for the kill and dropped Hussein again, this time with another straight left with just less than a minute to go in the round on very weary legs Hussein continued on. However, another sharp left hand from price sent his overwhelmed opponent reeling backward yet again and into the arms of the referee who waved the bout off. Giving Price the sensational second-round TKO victory.
In his first scheduled 10-rounder Price finished it inside of two rounds, so we will have to wait and see how Price handles himself deep into fights but for right now the future is ultra-bright for the 21-year-old super bantamweight. There’s a similarity in style to former Gold Medalist and world title challenger Luke Campbell. He fights like a smaller version of “Cool Hand Luke” but perhaps with more pop and killer instinct. Already fighting scheduled 10-rounders in stands to reason Price is reasonably close to having his name mentioned in world title contention. Perhaps a win over European super-bantamweight titleholder Jason Cunningham or Brad Foster should he beat Cunningham next week could propel Price into a world title fight.