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Can Sexton cause an upset or will Price continue his path of destruction?

19 May

So far, like many others just gone, 2012 has proven to be a year where fights just don’t get made. We have had many reasons as to why certain fights have not gone ahead, we seem to be referring to these reasons simply as “boxing politics.” One of the key domestic clashes that the fans have been robbed of, was the mouthwatering heavyweight clash between now former British and Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury and 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist David Price.

Instead this Saturday, the undefeated English champion Price will go in to battle with Norwich’s Same Sexton for the right to carry the British heavyweight title and be the first Liverpudlian to do so. Although Sam Sexton is a skilled fighter, who can offer the 6 foot 9 Olympian a stern test, he does not offer the same unpredictable skill that Fury has.

Price earned his way to a shot at the British title with an emphatic first round KO of veteran domestic challenger, John McDermott. That bout for the English title and a shot at the Lonsdale belt, firmly put Price into the picture as a true potential future world champion. Before the contest, some were questioning whether Price was in fact good enough to challenge Fury and if he would ever live up to his billing as a future world champion. But his one round destruction of McDermott, a fighter who has twice given Fury a run for his money, sent shockwaves through the domestic scene and fans dreaming of the two big men doing battle.

However, “politics” struck again. A deal was never reached, mainly due to TV problems. Fury is Channel 5’s posterboy and if the contest was to be staged on the terrestrial channel, Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy would have to win the purse bid or make Price an offer he simply couldn’t refuse. But this was never going to happen, Hennessy would never be able to outbid Frank Maloney (Price’s promoter) Maloney has a deal with Sky Sports for his TV rights and would be able to pay Price a far greater fee than the £100,000 offered by Hennessy to fight on Channel 5. So before the purse bids met there deadline, Fury vacated his titles and Sam Sexton was given the opportunity to challenge the Liverpudlian for the British and Commonwealth crowns.

The reason as to why Fury-Price is such a sought after fight is because in one corner you have an unconventional, up and down giant of a fighter who has been a delight to watch in the ring and in the other you have another giant, but this one has skill in abudance, a knockout punch that could shake a mountain and the potential to be the next big thing in the heavyweight division. There is the obvious area rivalry that could draw fans by the thousands. Price is from Liverpool, Fury is from Manchester and the hatred between the two sets of followers will create a deafening atmosphere and a night to remember for boxing fans in Britain.

Unfortunately we may well not see that fight anytime soon. So for tonights action, I honestly can’t see anything other than a Price win. Sexton is a good fighter, he can certainly hold his own with any heavyweight within the domestic scene. The former Commonwealth title holder knows what it takes to win and to win in a hostile atmosphere. But the undefeated Price, is in my honest opinion on another level. When people ask me who I believe to be the next British big name in boxing, I quickly reply David Price. This fight may well go similar to past Price match ups. Sexton is smart enough not to go in all guns blazing like John McDermott did previously and end up in a heap on the canvas in the opener, but he does need to make an early impact and try and unnerve Price. Everything tonight is in the Liverpudlians favor. He has the home crowd, the height and reach advantage and the form going into the contest. This is 100% going to be a Price win and I think we will see a KO between rounds four to six.

The other big contest of the night see’s the well travelled light welterweight Ashley Theophane look to win the Lonsdale belt outright against Darren Hamilton, who came in as a late replacement for Steve Williams. The 31 year old has been regarded as one of the unsung heroes of the domestic division. A genuine boxing man who has no problem going out of his comfort zone to do what he loves. The experienced Theophane hopes that by securing domestic dominance in his third British title defence, he will finally get his long deserved shot at world glory. However there has been some late drama surrounding the contest. With Williams late pull out due to injury, a new opponent was obviously needed. Reportedly, English and recent Prizefighter champion Adil Anwar was turned down by Theophane as a late replacement. Instead Anwar will continue to fight on the Aintree bill against Dave Ryan, the prize for the winner? A future shot at the British title. Should Anwar get the win, it will be interesting to see if Theophane gives him the fight or chooses to vacate, therefore we will truly see if Theophane is running scared of the young Yorkshireman.

 

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