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Rumble In Rhyd 2
Last weekend we put on our second amateur boxing show in the heart of
Rhydyfelin. The show was well supported with over 250 fans cramming in to the Rhydyfelin sports bar on the Saturday night.
We had 13 bouts of well contested matches with Arthurs ABC coming away
with 10 wins.
Jamie said '' I could not be happier with the event, every match bout was
evenly matched and gave the fans exactly what they wanted. A huge thank you to the whole team and everyone that has helped train the boys, organise the show and arrange sponsorship, without all their
involvement then this would not be possible’’.
WE are looking to put on our next show early July so watch this space for
Bradley Pryce reflects on his European title challenge to WBC #1 Sergey Rabchenko
Pryce: I'm far from finished
Newbridge’s Bradley ‘Sugar Sweet’ Pryce (34-15, 18KO)
believes that he’s far from finished after a gallant challenge to Sergey Rabchenko (25-0, 18KO) in Bulgaria for the European light-middleweight title on Saturday.
Pryce accepted the rematch with Rabchenko on late notice he
was determined to cause an upset. Despite his best efforts, the judges rightly scored the bout in favour of Rabchenko but Pryce took heart from his performance.
He said, “It was a good and entertaining fight. When I’m on
TV, I subconsciously put a bit more effort in. It showed that I can perform on the big stage, I boxed a good boy who is highly ranked and I’m happy with my performance but just disappointed I didn’t
get the win.”
It was a torrid start to the fight for Pryce who was hurt
heavily to the body and given a count in the third round but he battled back from the brink to go another nine entertaining rounds.
He said, “Rabchenko put the pressure on me in the third and
he caught me with an absolutely sickening body shot, to be fair. I’ve always had a problem with the early rounds and I did again on Saturday. I wasn’t expecting it but I was confident I could come
back in to the fight and I did, after that it was okay.
“I’ve had a good reaction from the fans and a lot of people
respect the effort I showed on Saturday. Now I want to get back in the gym and get a fight, I’m hoping I can get a ten rounder or another title fight.”
Pryce, who weighed in two pounds lighter than the
light-middleweight limit, is desperate for a meaningful fight to come down at welterweight where he isn’t giving away natural size advantages.
He said, “I spoke to Jamie after the fight and I said if I
can’t beat an average British guy at welterweight then it’s time to seriously look at my career and my options. I’ve been walking around 10st 10lbs, that’s why I could take the fight at late notice
and that’s what I weighed in.
“I can do welterweight easily, whether I get a chance to
fight a British welterweight or not is a different story but that’s what we’re looking for. I’ve been around boxing long enough to know that the next fight is probably be at light-middle.”
Jamie Arthur still believes in Bradley Pryce
It was a disapointing night in Denmark for Arthur's Gym's Bradley Pryce (34-14, 18KO) who was out-pointed by Torben Keller (9-0-1, 2KO) in a ten round contest at the Kolding-Hallen Indoor Sports
Arena on a Sauerland Promotions show.
The 32-year-old Welshman and his manager Jamie Arthur travelled to Scandivania with an upset planned but Keller presented his own ideas too. The opening rounds saw Keller establish the
distance and score with repeated right hands.
After six rounds of ineffective action, Arthur read Pryce the riot act and the Newbridge man then began to enjoy success. Keller was cut in the eighth round and Pryce pressured with success in the
closing rounds, reducing Keller to an extremely low output in the last round. However, the Dane had done enough work earlier in the fight to deservedly take a Unanimous Decision with the judges
scoring the bout 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92.
Arthur said, "The defeat hasn't hurt us, we're pretty much in the same position as we were before the fight, we'll still be used as the away opponent. That's fine by us, I still believe in
Bradley's ability and he can win more fights.
"It was a case of us getting going too late in to the fight, Keller was everything we expected and Bradley did give him problems but we didn't start early enough. That said, it was still a very
good fight to watch and I think the paying punters got their moneys worth, both boxers had a standing ovation at the end.
"It's no secret that we find it very hard to get willing welterweights to fight Bradley. We've made people aware of that for a while, we're giving away some of Bradley's advantages by fighting
light-middleweights but it was the only option for us.
"We'll be looking at welterweights for Bradley's next fight, that's our priority."
It was a successful weekend for Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Arthur who saw three of the boxers he coaches
win Welsh ABA titles at the Novice Championships in Swansea.
The first of the successes came from 38KG schoolboy boxer Dylan John who fought Chepstow's Dylan Stroud, an opponent with
twice as much experience. Every round was competitive but it's was John's extra edge as he had the first and last say in exchanges that won him the bout unanmously.
The 60KG Junior final between Arthur's Gym's Tom James and Maelor's Zak Williams had an argument to be the best fight of the
day. Typically, James threw an extraordinary amount of punches but for the first time in the championships, he was unable to overpower his opponent and had to show his back-foot boxing brain to win
his first Welsh vest on a split decision.
Arthur's Gym's undefeated Robbie Evans won his second consecutive novice title and he was made to work hard for it due to a
gutsy effort from Roath's Anton Boston. The 57KG Senior final was hard fought with Evans attempting to outbox Boston by picking him off as the Roath man applied a ton of pressure. In the end it could
have gone either way but it was Evans' cleaner punching which caught the judges eyes who gave him a split decision win.
Arthur said, "We're not surprised by our success and that's not arrogance, it's because we know how well and hard the boys
have worked in the gym. They've done everything we've asked of them and it's not been easy but we told them it would be worth it when they win and now they're seeing that. They're a positive example
to a lot of people and they deserve to savour the moment."
"We're very happy for them and this is an important time in their development. Now they've had a taste of winning a title,
it's my job to make sure they don't become complacent and they work harder than ever to replicate this next year. As for our other boxers in the gym, this shows that it can be done and they have the
ability to do it too."
There could have been more Welsh vests added to Arthur's Gym's haul as seniors Sparky Price and David White Jnr saw their
opponents withdraw days before the final. There was hard luck for Matt Defis who endured a tough run in to the Senior 81KG final. Defis was winning the opening rounds of the final, only to be forced
to retire at the end of the second round when he tore his right bicep.
"Three Welsh champions is great but if we had a bit more luck then we could be sat here with six! Sparky and David were
unlucky, they trained hard and were there to fight but their opponents pulled out. It's nobodies fault, it's just what happens and it was the same for Matt. He's got a bad injury and it's typical
that it happened in the final but it'll make him more hungry for the future."
Amateur boxing classes at Arthur's Gym are open to all ages and abilities. For more information, visit: www.ArthursGym.com
It was a successful start for Arthur's Gym in the second round of the Welsh ABA Novice Championships last night at the Thomastown Social Club with the team taking three wins from four
The stand out performance came from the gym's 57KG junior boxer, Thomas James, who put on a dazzling performance of calculated front foot pressure and non-stop combination punching. The judges
awarded the decision to James unanimously but his opponent, Clayton Powell, deserved a lot of credit.
The upset of the night came from 81KG senior boxer, Matt Defis. In Friday's first round of the championships, Anthony Trow needed just a minute to dispense of his opponent and many observers made
him the heavy favourite heading in to yesterday's bout.
Defis was forced to take Trow's best but he eventually started to push the bigger puncher on to the backfoot to use his own strength. The second round was in the balance until Defis avoided a left
hook to land his own right and Trow dislocated his shoulder in the process which forced his retirement.
39KG schoolboy boxer Dillan John started the night off with an entertaining bout with Brad Ward, winning by decision. Ward constantly applied pressure but John stayed one step ahead with speed and
movement to get the first and last word in exchanges.
There was a learning loss for Arthur's Gym's 75KG senior boxer, Adam Cadwallader, who was unaware that his opponent would be a southpaw until the pair shared their first exchange. After taking the
first round decisively, Cadwallader was sucked in to a scrappy bout which he was just edged out on.
The finals of the Southern Division will be held on Monday 7th October at the Thomastown Social Club and the winners will progress to the overall Welsh ABA Novice Championships final.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Arthur says that his amateur boxing club is thriving after he entered 12 of his boxers in to this year’s Welsh ABA Novice
The only other club to enter as many boxers was the established and hugely successful Splott ABC, Arthur insists that the size of his Arthur’s ABC’s squad in just its second season is testament to
the hard work of his coaches and support from the community.
He said, “We’ve got boxers bursting out of our building every evening and we’re just as busy as any other club in Wales. When we started, we started from literally scratch and now we’re producing
boxers left, right and centre. Not just as they boxers, they are well disciplined and respectful young people.”
“There are social reasons why youngsters are so energetic in this area and I’m lucky to have a good team of coaches to help me channel that energy. The local community show a lot of support and
that’s what we do around here, we make the best of what we have.”
In its first year, Pontypridd based Arthur’s Gym saw immediate achievement with three boxers reaching the Welsh ABA Novice Championships finals. Light-heavyweight Sparky Price and bantamweight Robbie
Evans won their finals, Arthur says it inspired their gym-mates and he expects more to follow in their footsteps this year.
He said, “The boys give the gym and all of our boxers a real confidence boost last year, I honestly think that we can get a few more titles this year and that’s what we’ve been working towards. We go
in to win every bout with every boxer but whether we win or lose, I’ll make sure the boxers learn the lessons that they need to improve and develop in the long term.”
Arthur enjoyed a successful amateur career which included numerous Welsh titles and international acclaim. With 12 years of experience in all levels of amateur boxing, Arthur believes that the
nurture and education boxers receive in their novice years is the most important of their career.
He said, “It’s essential that any boxer is taught the basics well and that has to be the first part of their education. It’s not just the boxing; they have to learn about nutrition, healthy living
and safe weight making.
“We have a lot of boxers here and many of them are in the novice stage, this is where we must give them a good grounding in what boxing is all about because these lessons will stay with them for the
rest of their time in boxing.”
Despite being defeated, Cardiff’s Kyle King has got the boxing bug back after ending an 18 month break by returning to the ring on Saturday.
King travelled to Rotherham to face home prospect Jason Cunningham and the Welshman gave a good account of himself in a competitive 39-37 decision loss. King produced the cleaner work and more
eye-catching shots but he was affected by ring rust and outworked by the more active Cunningham.
King said, “At first I was gutted not to get the win but I’ve had a little time to reflect and I’m happy as I can be about it. I did well, we were on the road and I was coming back from a big
break, so it was never going to be easy and we knew that. I know I can improve, it’s not as if that’s as good as I’ll ever be and it’s on to the next one now.
“I tried to do everything my corner asked me to because the tactics were right. I was able to do some things and not able to do other things but that’s how boxing is. You’ve got to learn your
lessons, work on them in the gym and put it right next time.”
The biggest enemy in King’s career has been activity, having just six fights in five years as a professional but plans are now in process to keep King busy and he’s happy about it.
He said, “Before the Cunningham fight I was happy to face anyone and it’s still the same now. I’m having a week off and then we’re back in the gym and looking for a win. Anyway, the division is
shallow and I’ve not got much choice, I have to be in good fights and that’s fine by me.”
The rededication to the sport has come since King linked up with retired champion Jamie Arthur who has turned his hand to training and managing boxers. After King fought on Saturday, Arthur was
inundated with calls from matchmakers for King to box again.
Arthur said, “I’ve had a ton of messages and calls with promoters wanting Kyle on their shows. Don’t get me wrong, they want us as the away boxer but it’s because Kyle will always provide value
for money fights. That’s what punters want to see and promoters have to provide. We come to win and Kyle can have it with anyone.”
KING RETURNS IN ROTHERHAM
Cardiff’s Kyle King is planning to give Jason Cunningham his first defeat when he returns to the ring on Mick Hennessy's 'Undefeated' show at Rotherham's Magna Centre on Saturday.
King will face Doncaster’s southpaw Jason Cunningham who is the same age but has the height advantage and boasts an undefeated 8-0 record. Cunningham’s amateur career showed his class, winning an
ABA title and beating the highly rated Kid Galahad.
Admittedly, King knows that his own career has stopped and stalled since turning professional in 2009 but he’s finally found stability under the tutelage of retired champion Jamie Arthur at his
newly formed gym in Rhydyfelin, near Pontypridd.
King said, “Cunningham’s done very well and fair play to him, whereas it’s not been a smooth ride for me. I think they might be looking at my inactivity and thinking I’m there for the taking but
it’s not like that.
“I’m coming to win. I’ve been training hard, we’ve only had two weeks’ notice for the actual opponent but it doesn’t matter who it is because I’m ready to fight anyone. Cunningham’s a tall
southpaw and I’ll swarm all over him for the full four rounds, I think they’ll have a big shock on Saturday.”
The 23-year-old from Cardiff last fought in Mach 2012 but he’s kept busy in boxing by coaching white collar fighters while training hard at Arthur’s Gym for the past three months. Prior to his
inactivity, King was ranked fifth in Britain by online encyclopaedia BoxRec and he’s keen to regain that ranking.
He said, “I was within a few fights of a title shot and I don’t see why I can’t get there again. We’re going in against a top prospect and apart from my team, nobody expects us to win. That’s fine
because I believe in myself and it’s all I need. I just want to be treated fairly and given credit when I win because I’m doing it the hard way.”
Since there aren’t many super-flyweights around in Britain, boxers can climb the ladder to domestic title shots quicker than in other weight divisions and King believes that victory on Saturday
will put him on the brink of a challenge for the British title.
He said, “The thing about the smaller divisions is that there aren’t a lot of middlemen or gatekeepers, so you can either fight the journeymen numerous times or fight the other contenders. We have
a very short apprenticeship and then we’re basically fighting unofficial eliminators.
“That’s how I see Saturday, if I win this then I’m right back up the rankings and in the picture for a British title. In this division, sooner or later you have to fight the top boys and I want to
earn and deserve my title shot – starting on Saturday.”
The clash against Cunningham won’t be the first time King’s been the ‘away opponent’ with everything stacked against him, the harsh reality of professional boxing has seen King defeated twice but
the Welshman doesn’t believe it’s a true reflection of his talent.
He said, “I know exactly how it is in the away corner or on the road – you have to go above and beyond to win and that’s what I’m prepared to do. You don’t only have to win, you have to win well
and our plan is to give it everything to win every round.”
New beginner class!
Are you feeling like you want to get fit but you're not sure of where to start? Our new class at Arthur's
Gym can help you get started!
'Fitness For Beginners' will help you 'Unlock Your Inner Athlete' with our proven weight loss techniques and nutritional advice.
Our fun and friendly gym instructors will introduce you to all the basics that you need to know to get your gym journey started. Come and see us at 12:00pm-1:00pm on a Monday or Wednesday to take the
first step on the road of success.
Pryce: If Gavin needs an opponent, I am here
Newbridge’s Bradley Pryce is willing to end Frankie Gavin’s search for an opponent to defend his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles against at London’s Copper Box Arena on September
Gavin is one of Britain’s hottest prospect and GB’s only ever world amateur champion. The Birmingham southpaw shone in June, breaking Denton Vassell’s jaw on route to a seventh round stoppage and
he appears to have scared off the rest of the division. However, Pryce is more than willing to step in to face Gavin and the Welshman has thrown his name in to the hat.
Pryce last appeared in London’s York Hall, weighing in his lightest for eight years and out-pointing Michael Lomax over eight rounds. In the 14th year as a professional and with 47 bouts under his
belt, Pryce says he’s re-found his form under the guidance of new trainer Jamie Arthur and the time is right to fight Gavin.
He said, “I’m not going to bad mouth Gavin, he’s done everything asked of him and he’s looked exceptional doing it but I’d love a crack at his titles. No doubt Gavin would be one of the best of my
opponents but I’m in a good place right now, I'm ready for him. I’m the only welterweight in Britain willing to fight Gavin, so if he wants to defend his titles then I’m not sure if he has any other
“I might not have an undefeated record to put against him but I’ve been in with everyone, even the best prospects all the way up at middleweight had hard nights against me. I’m doing things now I
wish I’d been doing ten years ago and feeling better than I have for a long time, even than when I was Commonwealth champion.”
The 32-year-old was prepared to box in domestic title eliminators to earn his shot but the phone hasn’t rung and Pryce is prepared to step up to face Gavin who is also struggling to secure a final
defence of his British title, which would see him own the historic Lonsdale belt forever.
Pryce said, “After I beat Lomax I thought it would put me back in the welterweight picture and get me an eliminator or something but all of these guys seem like they want to wait for Gavin to move
on from domestic level before fighting each other.
“They’re waiting because they can have a title on the line for the same fight in a few months time, they’re young so they can afford to do nothing for now – I can’t. I can ask questions of Gavin,
lots of people won’t believe in my ability but I do, I just need the chance to show it.”
“Gavin is on the brink of European and world level now, he’ll be looking at bigger names than me and that’s why I need to catch him before he gets there. It’s pretty simple, if he wants the
British outright and I’m the only person who will fight him then it should happen.”
Match making for Arthur's Gym's next show
Arthur's Gym will host our second ever show when the season starts again in September.
Plans are in process for the show to be held at either the end of October or the start of November. A definite date and venue will be confirmed very soon.
Please can coaches and clubs provide their boxers age, experience and weight via e-mail to Jamie@JamieArthur.com.
All coaches, clubs and boxers must be afiliated with the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association.
Body Beat Dance Fitness session launched
Arthur's Gym are delighted to announce the launch of a new class, Body Beat! Our new dance session doesn't require any experience or a background in co-ordinated choreography. The classes are fun
and fast so you burn as many calories as possible with a smile on your face and set your body free.
The hour long classes will be held every Tuesday between 5:00pm-6:00pm and they cost £3:50 per person. Classes are suitable for all ages and abilities!
KidsFit class time change
There has been a change to the KidsFit class. Now the school summr holidays have begun, Arthur's Gym has decided to hold the KidsFit class from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Please note the time difference,
New offers at Arthur's Gym
There are two new offers at Arthur's Gym ahead of the summer season.
Firstly, for small groups of novice begginer level boxers there is now an eight week programme that teaches all of the basics of boxing and fundamental lessons that can be applied in real life
Day time memberships will now be available from Arthur's Gym. The membership covers Off Peak times, 11am-4pm and users will have full use of the facility and equipment with workout plans
If you have any questions then don't hesitate to contact us on 01443404733 or 07896878336. Thank you.
Arthur's Gym get celebrity support
Yesterday members of Arthur's Gym visited the Senedd, home of the National Assembly for Wales, to gain celebrity support from horoscope and Strictly Come Dancing star Russell Grant.
On Wednesday voting closes for the National Lottery Awards 2013 where Arthur's Gym has been nominated in the Sport category. There were three other Welsh finalists there and Russell, who lives in
Snowdonia, supported them all.
There will be a free of charge powerlifting event organised by the Rhondda Barbell Club in the Tonypandy Community College on July 27th to persuade more people in the local area to experiences and
try out the sport.
The cut-off date for entrants to the Welsh Open Powerlifting & Singles is July 15th and the tournament will consist of Squatting, Bench Press and Dead Lifts.
Earlier this year, figures said that 60% of people in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area are overweight and 25% obese. Power lifting groups are encouraging people that their sport will keep participants
in shape and that now is the time to start as people tend to have more spare time over the summer months.
Nicky May, a personal trainer at Arthur’s Gym in Rhydyfelin, has been power lifting for five years and he’s helping organise the event. He said, “This is about showing people what the sport is all
about, a lot of them won’t know anything about powerlifting but hopefully they’ll get a taste of it and try it out for themselves.
“A lot of kids will be bored in the summer holidays and probably spend their time in front of a computer screen but we want to give them a chance to improve their strength and health and I think
it’s something a lot of parents will support.”
The group of power lifters are keen to dispel the negative perception that surrounds weight lifting and they operate a strict liability system on illegal substances to promote a ‘clean’ sport. The
event will comply with the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association (BDFPA) rulebook.
Arthur’s Gym accepts power lifters of all ages and abilities, from novice lifters to experienced competitors. One relative new-comer to the gym’s powerlifting classes, Andrew Webber, began in
December and represented Wales for the first time last weekend in Essex at the BDFPA 4 Nations Powerlifting Championships against the best from England, Ireland and Scotland.
May, who teaches the classes at Arthur’s Gym at 8pm every Tuesday and Thursday, said, “Andrew is a perfect example of what we’re trying to do. He began training eight months ago and he’s come a
long way in a short time, he’s an example to others.
“I was proud of what he did and continues to do, I’m sure a lot of people will think it’s a hard sport to get in to but he’s shown that with hard work and dedication then you can get great
Anyone interested in participating in the Welsh Open Powerlifting & Singles or beginning powerlifting at Arthur's Gym, contact Nicky May on 07989271210 or Nicky-May@Hotmail.Co.Uk.
Arthur's Gym up for lottery award
Arthur's Gym, based in Rhydyfelin, has been shortlisted in this year's prestigious National Lottery Awards which is broadcast on national television.
The National Lottery Awards reward and recognise the inspirational impact of National Lottery funded projects across all sections of society. National Lottery players raise more than £35 million
for good causes throughout the UK every week.
Over 900 good causes from across the UK were nominated in this year's Awards. Arthur's Gym has made it through to the final seven in the Best Sport Project category, with a coveted National
Lottery Awards trophy and a £2,000 cash prize up for grabs if they get the highest number of public votes in their category.
Arthur's Gym is an amateur boxing club based in Rhydyfelin, near Pontypridd in the south Wales valleys, inspiring local people, including some of the community's most disadvantaged, to make
regular exercise part of their everyday lives.
Arthur's Gym is appealing for public support as it bids to make it all the way to the star-studded awards ceremony in September which will be shown on BBC One.
Jamie Arthur, Head Coach at Arthur's Gym, says: "We're delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards. Lottery money has really helped us by enabling us to open our facilities
and give people from all walks of life the chance to experience sporting and exercise sessions. We thrive on changing lives, from the friends and members that walk through the door.
"It's easy to vote, so we're hoping people support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work."
To vote for Arthur's Gym to win Best Sport Project call or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards
TV star and actor John Barrowman, presenter of The National Lottery Awards, said: "National Lottery funding helps transform communities and changes lives for the better. National Lottery players
should be proud that their contribution to good causes makes such a positive difference to arts, sport, heritage, community and voluntary groups across the UK.
"I would urge everyone to get behind Arthur's Gym and do their bit to ensure they get national recognition for their invaluable contribution to society."
Jackie O'Sullivan of National Lottery Good Causes added: "We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries for the National Lottery Awards. Each week National Lottery players
raise over £35 million for good causes. The impact of National Lottery funding at the heart of communities cannot be over-estimated."
"The 49 good causes competing for public votes are just a snapshot of the life-changing influence of National Lottery funding. Now for the hard part, every one of the nominees is a winner in
their own right but it is up to you, the public, to get behind your good cause and make sure they pick up the top prize."
There are seven nominees in seven categories in the Awards, reflecting the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.
Voting for The National Lottery Awards starts at 9am on Wednesday 19 June and ends at midnight on Wednesday 24 July. You can vote at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards and follow voting on
Arthur's Gym will have a new schedule for boxing classes starting from Monday July 15th and they will now be operating on a rolling session system.
The classes will still be taught by coaches Jamie Arthur, Paul Evans and David White every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
However, the sessions will be structured differently. The new schedule is:
- Kids class, 5:15pm
- Junior boxing, 5:45pm
- Senior boxing, 6:15pm
- Technical skills, 7:00pm
The reason for changing the times is that it now allows the coaches to spend more time with each boxer. We believe that every boxer will benefit from more one-on-one time with the coaches who will
now be more easily able to work on our boxer's strengths and weaknesses.
To clarify, these changes will be in effect from Monday July 15th. If you are a boxer who comes to these classes please take note of the changes and let everyone affected know too.
We appreciate that we are now in the traditional "off-season" and many other clubs have disbanded over the summer months but we encourage all boxers to train over this period and treat it as
"pre-season". This gives boxers an opportunity to keep in shape, learn new skills and be ready to compete when the season restarts in September with a head start on their opponents.
There is never a bad time to begin boxing but Arthur's Gym would encourage anyone thinking about starting to do it now. As we're now in the "off-season", there's plenty of time for beginners to
teach the basics, improve fitness and learn about the sport of boxing.
Pryce back to winnning ways
Newbridge’s Bradley Pryce is back to winning ways after travelling to Michael Lomax’s back yard on Saturday and beating the Londoner on points in an all action eight round encounter.
Referee Mark Green separated the boxers by one point and while acknowledging that scoring is open to interpretation, Pryce believes the bout witnessed one of his best performances.
He said, “Lomax was the home boy, I know how it is but I won it well, it was more than a round in it. I think we saw some of the old Sugar Sweet mojo. I felt relaxed in the ring, when it gets
going I fight with a chip on my shoulder, that’s when I’m in the mood and at my best.”
The pair first met three years ago in Newport with Pryce prevailing on points but the Welshman has suffered mixed fortunes since and he entered Saturday’s bout on a three fight losing streak.
The Lomax rematch marked the beginning of a new chapter in Pryce’s career following a link up with his new trainer Jamie Arthur at Arthur’s Gym in Rhydyfelin and Pryce admitted that if he had lost
on Saturday then he’d be destined to finish his career as a journeyman.
Pryce said, “Before the fight I’m thinking ‘what if I lost again?’. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still box but it would be as a journeyman, to be fair. I’ve had a couple of fights that have been last
chance saloon. There was Billy-Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr but I didn’t think them as my last chance because it wasn’t my natural weight.
“Then the last one against Rick Godding, I was only with Jamie two weeks but I felt there was a lot of improvements, he won it fair enough but the work we’ve continued showed tonight. There’s
still a lot of work to be done with me and Jamie’s the man to sort me out and get me on the right track.”
It’s almost 14 years since Pryce began professional boxing and after 47 bouts that once saw a successful Commonwealth title reign, the 32-year-old is adamant that there’s still more to come in his
career. Pryce hopes Saturday’s win puts him ranked amongst the top 15 domestic welterweights but he’s under no illusions of his standing and he’s still eager to prove himself.
He said, “On Friday, Frankie Gavin showed he’s a class act and why he’s a worthy British and Commonwealth champion. I’m not going to call him out but I am working towards fighting for those
“There’s a really good pack of fighters chasing Gavin, I’m in that now and I don’t see why we can’t have some eliminators between us. Look at my career - I’ve fought anyone, anywhere and I’ll
still do that.”
One of the key focuses of the new trainer/boxer relationship between Arthur and Pryce was for the boxer to effectively manage his weight. It’s been no secret that in the past Pryce has struggled
with it and the natural welterweight contested three divisions higher but Arthur insists he’s now learnt his lessons.
Arthur said, “The penny has dropped with Bradley, it’s never been a case of teaching an old dog new tricks, he’s seen it all in his career, I just had to refocus him and remind him of certain
things. The only main issue that we had to address was his weight, he should have never been as high as super-middle.
“We got Bradley on the BodyViUK programme and it really did work for him. For the last five weeks he’s been coming in to the gym weighing 10st 11lbs. He hasn’t seen that weight for about eight
years. I know in the past Bradley’s said he’s this weight and then that weight but he really is a welterweight and he knows that now.
“On Saturday he weighed in 10st 8lbs and that was only six hours before the fight, he then went and fought eight hard rounds and he could have gone longer. Hopefully we’ll get some opportunities
at welterweight, all we ask for is good notice and he’ll fight anyone domestically.”
King is committed with Arthur's Gym
Arthur's Gym speak to Cardiff's Kyle King who has rededicated himself to boxing with us and he's targeting British and Commonwealth title fights.
Behind The Scenes - Rumble In Rhyd
Rumble In Rhyd Rocked!
2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Arthur hosted his first amateur boxing event at the Rhydyfelin Sports Bar on Friday and it was a success with the show selling out and 11 bouts
entertaining the capacity crowd.
The original estimate for attendance was 150 people but the response from the local community shocked Arthur’s Gym and there were 300 people through the doors by the end of the night.
Arthur said: “The turn-out was fantastic, it was twice the size we expected. The whole point of it was to give the boxers a chance to fight in front of their families, friends and fans because a
lot of them didn’t have that chance before.
“This was the last show of the season, normally shows tailor off at this point in the calendar but demand was high for this. So, we’re thinking of doing another one when the next season gets
started in September.”
Arthur’s Gym had four winners in the eight contests it was involved in and there were stellar performances from Rhys James, Thomas James, David White and Adam Cadwallader. There were learning
losses for Dylan John, Mark Price, Matt Defis and Kyle Crowley but despite the mixed fortunes, Arthur was happy and he’s adamant that tough bouts are important for the development of a boxer.
He said: “Although they weren’t all perfect results, I’m pleased that the boxers did their best to do what I asked of them. There are lessons to be learnt, it’s my job to make sure my winners and
losers are made aware of those lessons now and if they are then it will all be worth it. That’s what it’s all about.”
The Fight of the Night award was awarded to the light-heavyweight bout which saw Arthur’s Gym’s Welsh Novice Champion Mark ‘Sparky’ Price upset by Tylorstown’s Kevin Reed.
All of the 300 people in attendance stayed for the evening’s most eagerly awaited bout and it didn’t disappoint. It was a case of bombs away from the opening bell with Price attempting to take
control of centre ring using his long jab and right hand. Despite having the vast majority of the crowd against him, Reed wouldn’t be deterred and he pressured Price to the ropes which led to
excellent all-action exchanges for the full three minutes.
There were two all-Arthur’s Gym exhibition bouts between Luke Dwyer, Rhys Woolford, Harry Walton and Kyle Arthur. Arthur’s Gym would like to thank the Tylorstown, Maesteg, Bargoed, Pen Aber, Barry
East End and Alway amateur boxing clubs for playing their part in a memorable night of boxing.
Arthur’s Gym would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the show and made it possible, especially sponsors BodyViUK, Hawkes Essentials, J Williams Home & Gardening Services, Colin
Laver Heating, RCT Homes, Customise Clothing, Vale Line Plastering and Steve Bevan Kick Boxing.
Rumble In Rhyd just one week away!
Pryce ready for Lomax rematch
Arthur's Gym speak to our boxer Bradley Pryce ahead of his rematch with Michael Lomax on June 29th at York Hall, London.
Get to know the Arthur's Gym boxers fighting on Rumble In Rhyd
Introducing Arthur's Gym amateur bantamweight boxer and Welsh Novice Champion, Robbie Evans, who fights on the Rumble In Rhyd at the Rhydyfelin Sports Bar on June 21st 2013.
Introducing Arthur's Gym amateur light-heavyweight boxer and Welsh Novice Champion, Mark 'Sparky' Price, who fights on the Rumble In Rhyd at the Rhydyfelin Sports Bar on June 21st
Introducing Arthur's Gym amateur boxer, Kyle Crowley, who fights on the Rumble In Rhyd at the Rhydyfelin Sports Bar on June 21st 2013.
Arthur proud to present first boxing event
Last year Jamie Arthur decided to hang up his gloves after a career that lasted over 20 years to focus on coaching the next generation of boxers and today he’s proud to announce his first ever
The Rhydyfelin Sports Bar will host ‘Rumble In The Rhyd’ on Friday June 21st, under the jurisdiction of the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association.
Arthur enjoyed a stellar amateur career which included numerous Welsh titles and culminated in a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Having competed at all levels of the amateur code during
his 12 years, he believes his current stable have the potential to make their own personal history.
He said, “Whatever level they’re at, our gym will help boxers achieve their ultimate performances and reach the goals we set together. I’m over the moon to host our own show because this is a big
step to doing that. We’ll give our boxers a chance to box in their local area and it’ll be in front of their own family, friends and fans.”
Arthur’s Gym is situated in Rhydyfelin, through history the Rhondda region has produced numerous British boxing greats which include Jimmy Wilde, Freddie Welsh, Tommy Farr and Percy Jones.
Although in its infancy, the set-up achieved almost instant success earlier this year when three boxers reached the Welsh Amateur Boxing Novice Championship Final in March, with two winning
coveted red Welsh vests. Sparky Price and Robbie Evans were the gyms first champions and Arthur is assured that they can go on to more success this coming season and inspire their stablemates to
He said, “The boys did fantastic, it wasn’t just the fact that they won a title but the way they did it and conducted themselves. I was extremely proud of them and so was everyone else in the gym.
It gave the gym an extra feel good factor and that’s helped everyone from keep fitters to their fellow amateur boxers.
“It’s not always about winning, especially in the amateurs, we’re here to guide the boxers so they can learn the lessons to be the best that the can be. As a trainer, I’m just as committed to
helping my boxers as they are to improve and that’s why I know our first show is going to be a good one for the fans to see what amateur boxing is all about.”
In his professional boxing career Arthur again enjoyed Welsh and Commonwealth title success, while also competing for the British title three times. With Welsh professional boxing thriving and
numerous champions being churned out, Arthur is adamant that it’s important to put back in to grass-roots boxing for the future generations.
He said, “If it wasn’t for grass-roots boxing then the sport wouldn’t be what it is. Amateur boxing is the bedrock of the sport and we’re determined to continue to do what’s best for it. We’d like
to thank everyone who has made it possible for us to host our own home show and we look forward to seeing you on the night.”
Tickets for ‘Rumble In The Rhyd’ are £10, with concessions priced at £5 available for OAP’s and children aged under 12. There will be a limited number of tickets made available to buy on the door
but to avoid disappointment, it’s advised to contact Arthur’s Gym for tickets on 07896878336 or 01443404733.
Coming soon: Arthur's Boxing Gym open Day
Allow our team to welcome newcomers and old timers alike at the next open day on August 12th 2012, From 10am our doors will be open for fun in the sun. Featuring
Bouncy castle, Games, Exhibitions, Zumba dance routines, free trials and other exciting oportunities!
New* Brecon to Cardiff Bay Bike ride
On Sunday 29th July at 10:10am Arthurs Gym team will be cycling from Brecon to Cardiff Bay, If you fancy joing them in this fun cycle ride, contact us at Arthur's Gym 01443 404733
The guys from Arthurs gym, completed the taff trail in under 5 hours, the journey was a tough 57 miles of the Taff trail but and amazing experience, well done to all the guys involved.