What’s next for the newly crowned heavyweight champ?

23 May

Saturday night saw the crowning of the first British heavyweight champion from the great fighting city of Liverpool. David Price’s four round demolition of Norwich’s Sam Sexton in front of his home crowd at Aintree race course maintained the 6 foot 8 big hitters undefeated record and kept him on course to make a big impact on the world stage as he improved his record to 13-0 (11KOs)

The performance from Price was as close to perfection as you could get. He out-jabbed and out-boxed the former Commonwealth title holder and kept his attacks at bay with a tight defence before unloading late in the third to put Sexton on the canvas. A sweet left opened up Sexton to a trademark right from the Liverpudlian which sent his opponent crashing to the deck. The bell saved Sexton from further punishment, however the Norwich fighter came out for the forth looking in good shape. Price was full of confidence after the late knockdown and went straight onto the attack. He once again threw a big right to stumble his opponent before a crisp uppercut sent him staggering into the ropes.  Sexton beat the count only to be finished off expertly by the big man a few moments later a right hook finished him off. There was no way Sexton was getting up from the monster of a shot.

Post fight the newly crowned British and Commonwealth champion said,

“It’s everything I’ve worked towards,” said Price. “This was the first target. It’s done. Now we can look forward. I felt like I boxed the perfect fight. I knew I’d have to be patient, but I’m ready to step up and face the best out there. I won’t rush – I’m not the finished article yet – but I feel I am destined to be a world champion.”

“This feels like the end of the beginning.”

Frank Maloney, his promoter, added: “David has the best jab since Lennox Lewis as a heavyweight. That was a 10 out of 10 performance. He is a credit to British boxing.”

It is clear that Price has a big future in the division, however it is these next twelve months that are the most important. Price is not quite ready to step up to world level, he certainly has the ability but lacks the experience necessary to challenge for a world crown. But he is running out of options of domestic level opponents. The final test is Tyson Fury, and that fight isn’t happening any time soon. So, who does that leave for Price to defend his Lonsdale belt against? Personally, I would like to see him face Sheffield’s Richard Towers, a fellow big man with an undefeated record and a fantastic KO percentage. Towers next fights on June 16th, in a battle for the EBU title against Michael Wallisch, therefore the timing is perfect to get them together for the end of the summer. After that move Pricey on to bigger fish such as Robert Helenius or possibly an ageing Tomasz Adamek before then stepping up to the big time.

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