13th June 2011
David Price won the domestic battle of heavyweight prospects on Saturday night, knocking-out Tom Dallas in the 2nd round (2:45) with a big right hand shot, at Liverpool’s Olympia, June 11.
Liverpool’s unbeaten big man Price, had been lined up to face John McDermott, but after the Essex man pulled out, just four days before the fight, Dallas also from Essex bravely stepped in to face his friend, former amateur foe and regular professional sparring partner. But familiarities were put aside in flush devastating fashion as Price landed flush talking care of business
Former Olympic bronze medalist Price 27, took his record to 11-0, 9KO’s and put himself in contention to face the winner of Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury for the domestic titles, but first will face original opponent McDermott in a rearranged fight this autumn.
Respect goes to Dallas (16-1, 11KO’s) for taking this fight at such short notice and putting his own unbeaten record on the line Prices back yard. Dallas was game and was willing to engage with Price and was the one initiating the early attacks and took the fight to the scouser. But Price calm and methodical waited for his opening and when it came took it.
After an impressive first round win last time out against American Raphael Butler in April, Price wasn’t hanging around this time either and says that anyone standing in the way of his backhand can expect to be visiting the canvas.
“I was expecting it to go four or five rounds but when you land a punch like that it’s game over, I thought it would last longer but it was a cracking shot. It is a big confidence booster to know that I’ve got the knockout power in the bank.” said Price after the fight.
“I missed with a big right hand earlier on in the fight but my trainer Franny (Smith) just said for me to take my time because the opportunities will present themselves.
“It was the speed of the punch that took him out. I didn’t throw the shot to try and knock him out but it just happened that way.”
“I think my recent knockout success is a mixture of me punching harder than I was and that the opponents are more willing now, which leaves me with more opportunities.
“Tom was willing to have a go and had that punchers chance but he knew he was up against it. I just had to stay switched on and it was probably my best performance yet, technically everything was good and my speed was spot on.
“I was really made up with the reception and that everyone got behind me. I want to thank everyone for their support and let’s hope we can keep the ball rolling.” added Price.
In the ‘battle of the Edwards’, (no relation) Stoke’s Chris Edwards edged local champion Paul in a great fight for the Liverpool mans British flyweight title. The champion Paul Edwards built up an early lead, but Chris got into his own rhythm from the middle rounds as he began to deal with the Liverpool mans speed to get his own shots in.
In rounds 7 and 8 Paul was visibly shook up as his more experienced name sake landed some
quality shots to take control of the bout. Chris suffered a cut in the 8th and as the balance looked to be swaying, the fight was still in the balance and close.
Both fought hard down the and in the end proved to be close with judge Victor Loughlan scoring it 115-114, for the home fighter Paul, although the other two judges Mark King and Howard Foster had it 115-113, in favor of Chris and the new British flyweight champion, who also retained his commonwealth strap in the bargain and a rematch down the line with these two warriors will be something to look forward to..
- Karl Place W PTS 6 Michael Grant – Welterweight
- Liam Vaughan W PTS 4 Andrew Patterson – Welterweight
- John Quigley W PTS 4 Steve Gethin – Lightweight
- Derry Mathews W KO1 George Walton – Light-welterweight
- Ryan Farrag W PTS 4 Marc Callaghan – Super-bantamweight
- Anthony Smith (pro debut) W KO2 Kevin Coglan – Flyweight
Details and videos of all fights will be added when available.
Lee McAllister becomes Scotlands two time commonwealth champion
Aberdeen Assassin, Lee McAllister became the first Scottish professional boxer to simultaneously hold two Commonwealth titles at different weights! When he added the light-welterweight belt to the lightweight strap, when he outpointed Ghana’s Isaac Quartey in a unanimous points decision, with final scores of 120-108, 120-108, 120-110 on Saturday night at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen.
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