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Pryce Taylor Makes Stunning Pro Debut with First-Round Victory

Brooklyn's standout amateur, Pryce Taylor (1-0, 1 KO), entered the professional boxing scene with a bang last Friday night at Melrose Ballroom in Queens. The 6'4", 265-pound Taylor, a former U.S. amateur boxing star, marked an impressive start to his pro career by securing a first-round stoppage against Mike Diorio on the undercard of a Prime Time Promotions event.

Taylor, a two-time New York Golden Gloves Champion with four runner-up performances in the USA National Championships, showcased his prowess by dropping Diorio twice with devastating body shots. The referee halted the contest at the 2:40 mark of the opening round, prompting Taylor's corner to throw in the towel.

Expressing his joy after the fight, Taylor stated, “It was the best feeling in the world to have the whole place filled with my supporters. I was able to show off my boxing skills in front of everyone.”

Taylor's manager, Keith Sullivan, a New York City-based lawyer, lauded the 27-year-old's debut performance. Sullivan emphasized Taylor's strategic approach, focusing on technique rather than raw power, and commended his ability to stay composed in the ring.

Looking ahead, Taylor is already scheduled for his second professional bout on December 16th against Christopher Arnold (5-3, 5 KOs). The four-round bout is set to take place at Sony Hall in New York City's iconic Times Square, as part of a Boxing Insider Promotions event.

Sullivan commented on Taylor's future prospects, stating, “It’s important to get that first pro win out of the way. It’s a big leap from the amateurs that not many are capable of making. As an amateur, Pryce was rated as the sixth-best heavyweight in America, and in the top 10 percent in the world. The skills and hunger are clearly there.


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