GERWYN PRICE turned his first charity boxing match upside down.
Last month, the Iceman broke his throwing hand – he insists it wasn’t sparring – and it has severely affected his darts in the Premier League.
The world No. 2 was due to fight in Wales on May 13 to raise money for a hospice close to his family’s heart, but he has now left the show.
Price, 37, said: “The injury is a long story but I didn’t do it in boxing like people think.
“I have now retired from boxing. I got medical advice not to do it.
“I probably had that in the back of my mind when I was training alongside darts. I thought I could mix both.
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“That probably hampered my game a bit too. Boxing is behind me. Only darts from now on.”
Price, who plays Joe Cullen in Dublin on Thursday night, has blasted the new knockout format for the Premier League – this system replacing the league table’s standard round-robin structure.
The Welshman is 11 points, nine adrift of fourth place, putting him at risk of missing the playoffs on June 13 in Berlin.
He told Online Darts: “I’m not a fan of it. Play three games in one night and go to the ProTours the next day.
“It’s a little too much. The Premier League also needs to be fairer.
“Of the 15 weeks, I think I was on Peter’s side twice in the draw.
“Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen are on the same side of the draw four times. I’m on Michael’s side 8-9 times in the draw.
“If it’s this format, it has to be more equal. I missed a week due to injury and if you can’t catch up you lose points.
“They should go back to the old format. One game per night, four games with eight players.
“It’s too much for the players. You wouldn’t see football or rugby teams playing three games in one night. You go out, play your only game, you just focus on it.”
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