Hopey Price claims IBO international title with stunning knockout win over Zahid Hussain

Hopey Price claimed his first professional title in just his sixth pro outing with a sensational knockout victory over Zahid Hussain in a ferocious super bantamweight contest at Headingley.

Sunday, 5th September 2021, 1:54 pm

The 21-year-old's arm was raised after less than two rounds as he left the ring with the IBO international title following a brutal knockout win over his Leeds rival.

Price's undefeated record stood at 5-0 prior to the contest at Headingley while Hussain was the more experienced fighter with 16 wins and one loss in 17 professional bouts.

In a decorated amateur career Price – who is trained by David Coldwell in Rotherham – won Youth Olympic gold, was a two-time European Champion and won seven national titles.

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Hopey Price gets his arm raised after beating Leeds rival Zahid Hussain.

His last outing was just last month as he secured a points win over Claudio Grande at Matchroom HQ's Fight Camp.

Hussain's last outing was over a year ago in February 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic impacting his activity.

Price had the crowd on their feet at the end of the first round as he sent Hussain to the canvas with a sensational shot as the bell sounded.

The referee gave Hussain a standing-eight count before allowing him to proceed back to his corner.

Early in the second round, Price sustained a cut above his left eye with Hussain also covered in blood in as the fighters produced a thrilling battle.

Hussain was knocked to the floor for a second time in the fight before surviving the count but moments later the referee stepped in to end the fight as Price unloaded a barrage of punches on his opponent to claim the victory.