Another domestic opponent and another comprehensive knockout win. The new British and Commonwealth champion, David Price (13(11)-0), is on the rise and on a collision course with the cream of the European heavyweight scene.
Liverpudlian Price's latest win came in the fourth round against Sam Sexton (15(6)-3), whose previous defeats came at the hands of Dereck Chisora. Sexton was thought to provide Price's sternest test but the “perfect fight” ended with a wicked short right hook. Watching live it only looked like a grazing blow, but on the slow-motion replay the excellence of the shot was for all to see.
Sexton had been down previously at the end of the third, a double jab clubbing right doing the damage. The second knockdown came from an uppercut after hurting his opponent with a straight right seconds earlier.
Speaking to iFilm London* after the fight Price said, “The jab was perfect, I didn't expect to land that many jabs, that was down to my accuracy and timing...that's what was breaking him down I think.”
Promoter Frank Maloney now has to plough the correct furrow for his champion, a well publicised feat he has completed before with former charge Lennox Lewis. It is obvious what Maloney has on is hands at this point; a polite, humble, highly marketable, technically gifted boxer with outrageous power. With the current quality - or lack there of - in the division, Maloney doesn't need to be overly cautious in his match making, and sooner than later Price will no doubt secure a title from one of the major governing bodies.
WHO IS OUT THERE??
Domestically, Price is comfortably in the top four, the problem being David Haye, Chisora and Tyson Fury won't fight him. Haye and Chisora are due to fight in July and are beyond his pay grade and television scuppered a bout with Fury. Beyond those fighters the only real stand out name is Richard Towers, an unbeaten prospect managed by Ricky Hatton, but with his size, power and relative obscurity, it is a non starter.
In Europe, the winner of the upcoming Eddie Chambers/Tomasz Adamek fight would provide both an established name on Price's record and excellent experience, although I doubt the winning camp would want to face a man with his potential. Mariusz Wach, Robert Helenius, Kubrat Pulev, are all unbeaten but all are on the same path, a big money bout with either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko, which poses it's own matchmaking problems.
Whoever Maloney has Price face we imagine it will be a date in the autumn at a packed out arena in Liverpool, and probably on a card headlined by good buddy and fellow Scouser, Tony Bellew. After seeing what damage he has caused thus far in his career, whoever he faces can expect a rough ride. “I've had 13 fights, I'd say I'm about three or four fights away from a Klitschko, but good learning fights. Tonight was meant to be a learning fight but the power in these hands makes things different.”
*all video rights belong to iFilm London Productions