Hopey Price continues to grow his stock with an impressive knockout
In boxing, there are fighters who are unknown on a global scale. However, fans in a particular fighter’s hometown or country will know everything about said fighters’ journey, from the amateurs to the professional level. This is the case of super bantamweight sensation “Drago” Hopey Price (6-0, 2ko).
Price generated a fanbase rising through the amateur ranks with an impressive pedigree. The 21-year-old English boxer, as a flyweight, won two gold medals in the 2018 European Youth Championships and Youth Olympics. Furthermore, he took two silver medals at the European Youth Championships and Youth World Championships, respectively, in 2017 and 2018.
In 2019, DAZN/Matchroom Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn immediately jumped at signing the young prospect. Drago made his debut on the undercard of undisputed lightweight champion Katie “KT” Taylor challenging then WBO junior welterweight champion Christina Linardatou. He would then follow up with a third-round knockout on the undercard of the rematch between Anthony “AJ” Joshua and then unified champion Andy Ruiz.
Price continued to win, increasing his popularity with every performance. Next, he was placed under pressure in a hometown title fight. He would fight on the undercard of the revenge match between former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington and Mauricio Lara. The young man stepped up a level by facing a more experienced fighter in Zahid “The Magic Man” Hussain (16-2, 2ko). This test would determine if the motivated young prospect was ready for the next level. He would respond with an early stoppage victory.
He first dropped Hussain with a perfect short, compact right hook seconds before the bell sounded to end round one. Then he unloaded a barrage of hard shots before the referee jumped in to stop the action in the second round.
Price killed two birds with one stone with this performance. He became the first man to stop the more experienced Hussain and walked away with the IBO super bantamweight championship. In only six fights, this young man is proving to be the goods, and after the fight, the newly crowned champion took to social media thanking the hometown fans for their support.
By: Garrisson Bland