Darts ace Price’s charity boxing bout KO’d due to broken hand – but NOT sparring

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GERWYN PRICE has knocked his debut charity boxing bout on the head.

Last month the Iceman fractured his throwing hand – he insists it was not in sparring – and this has badly affected his darts on the Premier League circuit.

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World no2 Gerwyn Price has quit the ring after taking jabs from critics but denies he hurt his throwing hand while boxingCredit: Rex

The world No2 was supposed to fight on May 13 in Wales to raise money for a hospice close to his family’s hearts but he has now quit the show.

Price, 37, said: “The injury is a long story but I didn’t do it in boxing as people think.

“I have pulled out of the boxing now. I have had medical advice not to do it.

“That was probably on the back of my mind when I was training as well as doing darts. I thought I could mix both.

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“That probably hindered my game a little bit as well. Boxing is behind me. Just darts from now on.”

Price, who plays Joe Cullen on Thursday night in Dublin, has blasted the new knockout format for the Premier League – this system replaced the standard league table round-robin structure.

The Welshman has 11 points and is nine points off fourth place, which means he is in danger of missing the playoffs in Berlin on June 13.

He told Online Darts: “I’m not a fan of it. To play three games in a night and then go to the ProTours the next day.

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“It’s a little bit too much. The Premier League also needs to be fairer.

“Out of the 15 weeks, I think I have been on Peter’s side of the draw twice.

“Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen are on the same side of the draw four times. I am on Michael’s side of the draw 8-9 times.

“If it is that format, it needs to be more equal. I missed a week with an injury and you cannot catch up, you lose points.

“They should go back to the old format. One game a night, four games with eight players.

“It’s too much for the players. You wouldn’t see football or rugby teams play three matches in one night. You go out, play your one game, you concentrate only on that.”



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