COLCHESTER Amateur Boxing Club's James Price claimed an impressive unanimous victory at the White Hart Lane Amateur Boxing Academy open show.

Price was on top form against Lansbury ABC's Arzin Malik, much to the delight of Colchester ABC coach Casey Nachman.

Nachman said: "This was a commanding performance for James, who is just beginning his boxing career.

"He is competing in the national schoolboy championships at the moment and will box in the national quarter-finals next month.

"With a performance like this one, he has proven he has the potential to do well in the championships."

Price, who recently shared a ring with Malik in a well-contested no decision skills bout, started fast using long range combinations and quick footwork to avoid his opponent's counter attacks.

Aiming to build on an impressive first-round display, Price started the second round at a fast pace but was met with resistance from Malik, who tried to match the work rate.

Showing keen boxing instincts, Price adapted his tactics to box on the back foot allowing Malik to come forward but then throwing clean counter punches before moving again.

The pace slowed a little in the third round with Malik trying to close down the distance but Price controlled the pace by using his jab and well timed back-hands from his southpaw stance, to claim victory.

Colchester ABC's Ben Lee was also in action on the same open show against St Pancras ABC's Christian Thomas.

Lee made a fast start, pushing him back into his own corner on the opening bell and throwing combination punches to head and body.

After weathering the storm, Thomas moved to the centre of the ring and tried to control the pace of the bout with sharp single jabs and counter attacks to Lee's combinations.

In the second round Lee, stepped up the pressure in a bid to out work Thomas' single shots.

Thomas responded with both boxers going toe to toe and exchanging blows, in the centre of the ring.

In the third round, Thomas landed a few early eye catching shots causing Lee's gumshield to come loose and the referee to issue a standing eight count. Showing real determination, Lee responded by pushing Thomas back to the ropes and into the corners for the rest of the round.

In the closing seconds the boxers came together in the centre of the ring exchanging blows, determined to secure the judges' decision.

But the win was awarded to Thomas, against the Colchester boxer.

Nachman said: "Despite not winning the bout, this was a good performance by Ben.

"He showed real grit and determination against a very tough and skilful boxer.

"He will learn a lot from this contest and come back stronger."