by Johnny Walker
Hulking Liverpudlian David Price continued his rise in the heavyweight division today by knocking challenger Sam Sexton out cold in the fourth round at the Aintree Equestrian Centre, in Liverpool, England. With the win, Price picks up the British and Commonwealth titles recently vacated by Tyson Fury.
The 6’8 1/2″ tall Price (13-0, 11 KOs) used an impressive array of punches, working behind a popping left jab and mixing in body shots, left hooks, and right uppercuts, to bust up Sexton (15-3, 6 KOs) almost as soon as the opening bell rang. Price showed excellent discipline as he boxed to a plan, not in any particular rush to take the game but overpowered Sexton out.
After winning the first two rounds, Price began to open up more and caught Sexton with a glancing right to the top of the head just before round three ended. Sexton still appeared wobbly in round four, and finally hit the canvas again from a hard Price right uppercut. Sexton’s nose was now bloodied, and about two minutes into the round, Price connected with a crushing right cross that sent Sexton crashing to the mat.
Referee Howard Foster dispensed with a count, as the prone Sexton was in great difficulty. David Price was declared the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion at 2:07 of round four.
“It’s exactly what I’ve worked for since I’ve been a professional,” the genial Price said of his new titles.
“I felt I used my jab well and boxed the plan.”
As the talk of him becoming the heir apparent to the heavyweight champion Klitschko brothers gets louder, Price intends to move to the European level next, and a fight with Kubrat Pulev, who recently stopped Alexander Dimitrenko to win the European heavyweight crown, is one tantalizing possibility.
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