Saturday, 19th May, 2012
David Price put in yet another sensational display here at the Aintree racecourse, Liverpool, dispatching a game, but overmatched Sam Sexton inside four rounds to capture the vacant British and Commonwealth heavyweight belts. Sexton tasted the canvas on three occasions, the final time after a vicious right hook knocked Sextpon out cold. It marks yet another explosive KO win for the British prospect who certainly is starting to look the business, and is by far the most exciting heavyweight talent the UK has produced since the days of Lennox Lewis.
The Olympic Bronze medalist started the bout in a confident and assured manner, working behind a stiff and hard jab which was clearly snapping back Sextons head from the off. There was nothing much coming back from the Norwich man until midway through the second when he rattled off a couple of blocked combinations. The Merseyside fighter had started to work the body, and was doubling up on a crisp jab, although Sexton did put together a few overhand rights which did appear to hit the button.
The Norwich man did start a tad better as the third session got under way, but Price was looking the classier operator, and was fighting in a disciplined manner. The jab was quick and powerful, and when doubled up was setting up big rights to the body and upstairs until the end of the round when two solid straight lefts put Sexton down. He did rise quickly, and applauded his man in appreciation of the punch as the count was tolled out by the fight referee.
One lucky punter had the home fighter winning inside four rounds, and his dream came true as a massive right started the round well for Price, wobbling Sexton who had started to bleed from the nose. Price knew his victim was there for the taking, and a sustained and clinical attack culminated in a final assault which ended in a massive right hook. The left and right to the body worked a treat, as the predictable solid right hook followed through and floored Sexton who appeared to be out cold for around 20 seconds. The referee rightly ended the contest without bothering to make the count.
This was a mightily impressive win for David Price who now possesses a huge 85% KO ratio, including his last 5 fights which have now gone past the first three rounds. It is an exciting time for fight fans in the UK who crave a genuine heavyweight star to challenge the Klitschko’s dominance on the heavyweight landscape Price has now dispatched the likes of Tom Dallas, John McDermott and now Sam Sexton, and one would assume he could be fast-tracked to a world title shot. Tyson Fury has clearly ducked the British and Commonwealth champion, so it looks like a shot at the EBU crown, which is currently vacant. The likes of Alexander Dimitrenko and Robert Helenius await the hugely talented and emerging star in Price. The new champion improves to 13(11)-0 and Sexton now falls to 15(6)-3.
On the undercard there was a massive shock as Kilburn man Ashley Theophane was beaten on points by the Spencer Fearnon promoted Darren hamilton. What makes the result even more surprising was that Hamilton was drafted in at a weeks notice after Steve Williams had pulled out due to sickness. Theophane was looking to win the Lonsdale belt outright before challenging again on the global scene. The new British light-welterweight champion Hamilton improves to 12(3)-2, whilst the Londoner Theophane falls to 31(9)-5-1. The scorecards read 117-112, 118-113, 115-113. Adil Anwar also won his light-welterweight eliminator, beating Dave Ryan by scorecards of 99-90, 98-90, 99-91. The Leeds man improves to 17(7)-1 and Ryan’s slate now reads 13(3)-6.