Gerwyn Price pulls out of boxing match on medical advice

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Gerwyn Price has scrapped plans to fight in a boxing match and has stressed his focus on darts going forward.

The former PDC world champion was due to enter the ring earlier this month for a charity bout against former professional boxer Rhys Evans in Wales. It was initially postponed after Price suffered a hand injury, but The Iceman now says the fight is off completely.

He says his hand injury is a “long story” but insists he didn’t sustain it training for the bout. Price has since been advised not to go through with the fight on medical grounds. “I didn’t do it [the injury] in boxing, despite what people think,” he told Online Darts TV. “I’ve pulled out of boxing now. On medical advice, I’ve been advised not to do it. Probably that was in the back of my mind, when I was training for boxing as well as doing darts.

“I thought I could do it, I thought I could mix both, and that probably hindered my [darts] game a little bit. Boxing’s behind me now, it’s darts from now on in.”

Price’s injury was initially given the all-clear but after seeking a second opinion, a small fracture was discovered, prompting him to pull out of the night five of the Premier League in Brighton last month.

He tweeted at the time: “I apologise to everyone this wasn’t the easiest decision I have done everything I can to get my injury right before I play but unfortunately a few days rest for me, just to clarify that my injury was an accident and nothing to do with my charity boxing training.”

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A keen boxing fan, Price attended Tyson Fury’s successful world title defence against Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday and met Fury’s father John.

Price h as continued to playing darts despite his injury, but has experienced mixed form and is currently sitting sixth in the Premier League table, seven points off the top four, ahead of night 12 in Dublin, where he meets Joe Cullen in the quarter-finals.

He needs a strong night if he is to propel himself back into the mix for a play-off spot.

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