David Price became British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion last night after brushing aside Sam Sexton with a fourth round knock-out.
Fighting at Aintree, in his home-town of Liverpool, Price secured his 13th career win to keep his record as an unbeaten fighter intact. Already impressing at amateur level with medals at the Olympics and Commonwealth games, the 28-year-old showed why he has been touted as a future world champion, with talks of a fight against either of the supreme Klitschko’s next year.
He possesses all the capabilities of a top class fighter, and the contest against Sexton allowed him to demonstrate more of his aptitudes. A dominant jab kept his Norwich opponent pinned back and the use of fast combinations and switching to the body saw him put in a flawless display.
He had troubled the former Commonwealth Champion in the third round when knocking him down just before the bell, but in the fourth he dismantled Sexton and knocked-out his opponent at the third time of asking with a ferocious right hook.
A trip to Germany earlier this year to see Dereck Chisora’s valiant effort against Vitali Klitschko was used as an appetiser, an opportunity to show the 6’ 8” giant of where he should be fighting in the near future.
Vitali’s brother Wladimir has already spoken highly of Price, but a world title fight should be held off for at least another 18 months. The British heavyweight scene will not offer him much competition any more, with Tyson Fury already avoiding Price, so a promotion to European level would be the perfect nurturing scene.
His promoter Frank Maloney reflected highly on Price’s performance: “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.”
Price comes across as an articulate man, who respects his opponents and understands he has the potential to be great, but he needs to continue this smooth progression and not be pushed into a premature title shot.
“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.”
Price is the heavyweight Britain has sought for since Lennox Lewis, and after becoming the first British Champion from Liverpool, it could be the start of something special.