Hopey Price stepping up the ladder at Wembley Arena

Rising star: Hopey Price. Picture: Nick Potts/PARising star: Hopey Price. Picture: Nick Potts/PA
Rising star: Hopey Price. Picture: Nick Potts/PA
Leeds-born Hopey Price – rated as one of the top young talents in world boxing by promoter Eddie Hearn – is confident of maintaining his unbeaten start in the professional ranks when he faces Daniel Mendoza at Wembley Arena.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a decorated career as an amateur, winning a gold medal at the Youth Olympics and seven national titles.

He took his professional record to 3-0 with victory over Jonny Phillips in August and fought on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title victory over Andy Ruiz Junior in Saudi Arabia in December, 2019.

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He was originally due to face fellow Leeds fighter Zahid Hussain on the bill for Josh Warrington’s bout with Mauricio Lara but Mendoza has stepped up as a late replacement.

“We have been back and forth and been through a few opponents,” said Price.

“For me, I have just to concentrate on doing my job on Saturday night.

“Now we have finally got an opponent I can just focus on putting the work in.”

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Price faced a tough test against Phillips during his last contest

He added: “Those sort of fights are valuable for me, to get that experience for when I do step up.

“I think having that test in my third fight helped me improve as a fighter and I think I need to keep taking these steps up and that is what is going to get me to where I want to be in the end.”

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