Brooklyn heavyweight Pryce Taylor (2-0, 2 KOs), coming off of another first-round stoppage, wants to make it clear that he, “Just wants to fight!”
The 27-year-old Taylor has been placed on the fast track by his manager, New York City-based lawyer, Keith Sullivan.
“I plan on this being a busy year for Pryce,” Sullivan commented. “He has a lot of potential but needs the ring experience. Beyond his impressive size and easy demeanor, he is uniquely special. I know that if we develop him in the right way, he’ll showcase greatness one day.”
Taylor had an auspicious pro debut on December 1st, knocking out Mike Diorio in the opening round at Melrose Ballroom in Queens. The 6’ 4”, 270-pound Taylor was supposed to come right back two weeks later on a show promoted by Boxing Insider Promotions at Sony Hall in New York City’s Times Square. Unfortunately, Taylor’s opponent failed two eye exams at the weigh-in and the fight was canceled because it was too late to find an approved replacement.
“It happened to me in the amateurs,” Taylor explained, “so I know that’s part of boxing. I was disappointed but Keith told me to keep training and that he’d get me a fight as soon as possible. I want to be in as many fights as possible this year.”
Because there were few shows in New York during the holidays, Sullivan had to go out of New York to place Taylor on a show, presented by RDT Promotions, this past Saturday at Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester, Pennsylvania. Pryce stopped Gabriel Aguillar Costa at the 56-second mark of round one.
The Costa fight ended with a straight uppercut to the left side of Costa’s body. “He came out throwing punches,” Pyrce explained, “but I stayed calm, and I could tell by the way he looked after I landed that body shot, I knew it was over.
“It was my first time fighting in Philly. I enjoyed the experience. I got to travel a little and stayed in a hotel for a couple of nights. It was cool. and I made some new fans. Everything else was the same as fighting in New York.”
Taylor expects to have his friends, family and fans back for his next scheduled fight, March 7th at Sony Hall, on a show put on by Larrry Goldberg’s promotion, Boxing Insider. Tickets are on sale now at the box office or through Tayor and Sullivan directly.
A decorated U.S. amateur boxer, highlighted by his two New York Golden Gloves Championship titles, Taylor was also a four-time runner-up in USA National Championships, including one to Joshua Edwards, who has qualified to represent as a super heavyweight for Team USA in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Last year, Taylor had seven wins fighting for New York in the Team Combat League, which is a one-round, team format competition. Technically-speaking, the wins are not part of his professional boxing record. Taylor has benefitted from that experience and will be competing this season as well.