Gerwyn Price set to make his boxing debut in April

Gerwyn Price boasts no shortage of sporting pedigree, plying his trade as a professional rugby player prior to becoming the premier player in world darts.

However, having fulfilled his darting destiny, ‘The Iceman’ is poised to add boxing to his sporting CV as he prepares to make his debut in the ring on April 9.

The 36-year-old made the surprise announcement on his Instagram story on Wednesday afternoon, revealing news of his charity bout against Rhys “Cool Fly & Flashy” Evans at the Valley Tavern in Fleur De Lys, Wales.

The fight falls in between his Premier League Darts commitments, just five days before he is due to take on world champion Peter Wright in Manchester.

The pair are currently embroiled in a battle for the world No 1 spot, with Price leading Wright by £13,500 on the Order of Merit, so he’ll be hoping to avoid a knockout blow ahead of his Snakebite showdown.

Price is renowned for his impressive physique, although he revealed he needed to lose weight ahead of the bout, adding to his story: “Need to drop 10kg for this.”

Price played rugby union for Welsh Premier Division sides Neath and Cross Keys, rugby league with South Wales Scorpions and Pro12 with Glasgow Warriors, before retiring to focus on his darting career in 2014.

The Welshman has enjoyed a meteoric rise on the oche, scooping six individual televised titles and becoming the tenth player in PDC history to achieve world No 1 status, courtesy of his 2021 World Championship success.

It remains to be seen whether he can replicate his darting exploits in the ring, although his next assignment sees him renew his rivalry with World Championship runner-up Michael Smith on Night Three of the Premier League in Belfast on Thursday.

Image CreditLawrence Lustig/PDC

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