Bradley Pryce to get British title shot

First published in Boxing South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

CWMBRAN boxing trainer Gary Lockett has a busy fortnight ahead with two of his stable set for action on live televised bills.

The former WBU middleweight champion turned trainer has been earning rave reviews since becoming a coach and has taken Gavin Rees to the verge of a world title shot after he captured the European lightweight title.

And now two more of Lockett’s charges are set for action with Bradley Pryce looking to earn the light middleweight version of the British title.

Pryce, 31, had been written off by many observers but enjoyed a superb upset win last time out against Patrick Mendy, a fighter 10 years his junior.

O’Meara, from the Troxy at Limehouse in London, has lost only twice in 17 fights and will start as the heavy favourite for the May 3 bill on Boxnation TV.

"Bradley will be the underdog but we believe he’s a class above and far too good for O’Meara," Lockett explained.

"People told me I was mad for taking the fight with Mendy and I couldn’t understand why.

"People are writing off Bradley and that suits our camp fine. We are more than happy with that."

Lockett revealed Pryce is twice as fit as he was for the Mendy fight (taken on short notice) and is rising to the challenge of matching best friend Rees.

"Gavin is nearly back at world title level and that drives Bradley on, he wants to match what his mate is achieving." he said.

Also in action from the Lockett stable is Talywain fighter Jeff Evans who fights tomorrow night in Liverpool on the live bill on Sky Sports headlined by Tony Bellew v Danny McIntosh.

Evans hasn’t been in action since losing in under a minute to Ovil McKenzie in a Commonwealth title fight but the light heavy has a chance in this one according to his trainer.

"Jeff is the enhancement fighter now, he’s fighting an unbeaten prospect called Matty Clarkson and he’s very much the away corner fighter," Lockett explained.

"But it’s a 50/50 fight and Jeff has been training hard and is looking forward to it."

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