Pryce vows to move down in weight after defeat

First published in Boxing news

BRADLEY Pryce has vowed to move back down to light-middleweight after being outclassed by a former Olympian.

Billy Joe Saunders retained his Commonwealth middleweight title on Friday night in some style against the 31-year old Newbridge puncher.

Saunders maintained his unbeaten professional record with a points victory over Pryce at Bethnal Green's York Hall that was never in doubt.

Saunders, who initially won the title by beating Tony Hill in April, claimed a unanimous verdict after 12 rounds.

Pryce, a former Commonwealth champion at light-middle, was totally outclassed, with one judge giving Saunders every round.

The final points scores were 120-109 (twice) and 120-108.

"I am disappointed, I didn't carry the power and I was a bit sluggish, back down to light middle now," Pryce said.

On the undercard, Stephen Smith was also a points winner against Jose Luis Graterol in their super-featherweight clash.

It was Smith's third win since losing his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles to Lee Selby last year.

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