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Boxing In Britain: Maloney Says “I’ll Match Price My Way”

Frank Maloney has reacted to criticism of David Price's opponents, blasting: "I'll do it my way."

The Beijing Olympic bronze medallist took his unbeaten professional record to five last Friday when he defeated Martyn Grainer inside a round. It led to calls for Price to be matched tougher when he returns to action at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre on May 14.

Maloney says: "I am ignoring all the criticism and matching David the way I think best and will continue to do so. People are entitled to opinions, but I have a proven track record with top heavyweights Lennox Lewis and John Ruiz. Domestically, I got it right with Julius Francis and James Oyebola.

"I don't remember Lennox, Ruiz or Frank Bruno having it tough early on, but judging by the some of the comments, people would like me to match David against a Klitschko or David Haye right now. Judge David in two or three years, not now."

Maloney believes Price will eventually become world heavyweight champion and plans to develop his latest protégé in the gym over the next 12 months.

Maloney added: "David might have a fantastic amateur pedigree and more potential than any British heavyweight, but he had hardly been in a professional gym until little over a year ago.

"Over the next few months he will do most of his learning in the gym and travelling around the world sparring. I am hoping that he will help Albert Sosnowski prepare for his world title challenge against Vitali Klitschko.

"He will also be travelling down to London to spar with one of my other fighters, John McDermott."

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