15th October 2012

Price stops Harrison in round 1 – pic credit PA

The Big Fight of the weekend was David Price’s first British and Commonwealth heavyweight title defence against Audley Harrison at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.


Former Olympic Gold medallist and European champion Harrison had started to charm and convince the easily swayed before the fight that he had a chance pulling off the win, his powers of persuasion and experience in talking a good fight was as convincing as always.

Yes I suppose that there is always a chance with any fighter, but them who expected much more from Audley deserve to be disappointed and confused with the outcome.

Price ended up knocking out Harrison in the first round maybe quicker that expected but a similar outcome. Southpaw Harrison was always going to be susceptible to Price’s main weapon a damaging poleaxe right hand and he succumbed to it in just 1 minute, 22 seconds of the opener.
Price v Harrison fight

Harrison staggered back to the ropes after initially ducking into an hard right from Price. The Liverpool champion knowing his man was hurt and vulnerable followed up with a barrage of stiff shots that finished off Audley’s challenge and maybe his career.

Harrison was said to have suffered a suspected broken nose and mild concussion such were the powerful shots of Price and afterwards he was relieved the Londoner was not more seriously hurt.

“I shocked myself again really with the power in my punches,” said Price.

“I didn’t expect to do that to Audley Harrison so quickly. If anything I thought I’d break him down over a period of time and get to him after a good few rounds.

“I think once I smelt blood I knew I could finish the job and that’s what I’ve done, I took him out.

“I’m just pleased he’s all right. As I said before, I’ve got a lot of respect for Audley despite the bad name he’s got for himself.

“He’ll always have my respect for what he did in the Olympics and I’m just pleased he’s okay.”

Meanwhile over in Essex, Tyson Fury who was at the James DeGale European title defence was told about David Price’s first round KO win over Audley and responded by saying; “To be honest, Harrison is the biggest bum in boxing. I’ll fight David Price any day of the week.

“See you, you plumber from Liverpool, it’s personal between you and me and I’m going to do you some serious harm you big, stiff idiot.

“It’s going to need 10 plumbers to do you when I’ve got finished with you. You are getting it – for sure. Call me out, call me any names and you are getting it.” Watch the video here.

On the undercard of the Echo show:
County Durham’s Jon Lewis Dickinson became the British cruiserweight champion with a points victory over former belt holder Shane McPhilbin.

McPhilbin from Bulwell had lost the British title in a controversial fight with Enzo Maccarinelli in March, but the Welshman was stripped of the title for failing a drugs test giving McPhilbin this second chance at Lonsdale belt glory with the vacant strap on the line.

The fight wasn’t a vintage affair but Dickinson’s punches were more accurate overall and his better choice of shot swayed the hand of the judges in a fight that was easy to forget with both men cancelling out each other in a frustrating clash of styles. – Dickinson deserved his win, with the judges seeing it 118-110 (twice) and 117-111.

Liverpool’s Commonwealth flyweight champion Kevin Satchell shocked veteran Chris Edwards with a sixth round stoppage to claim the Stoke mans British title to unify the belts in just his 9th professional fight.

Satchell, 24, started strong and dominated the fight and he looked much bigger at the weight than Edwards and he claimed the first four rounds with his high tempo pressure. In the fifth Edwards a proud and worthy champion finally wilted under the force of Satchell when he was dropped with a left hook to the body at the end of the round.

The accuracy of Satchel’s slashing shots began to open up the cuts over both eyes of Edwards, that had been caused originally by clashes of heads and Edwards was looking his full 36 years against the younger determined and hungry Scouser.

Satchell continued his assault in the 6th round and finally finished his badly beaten opponent with another body shot and referee Richie Davis called an halt to the contest at 2:17 of the round.
Bedford’s former British and Commonwealth champion Matt Skelton scored a second round KO win over Croatian Jakov Gospic to set up a December 8th fight with current domestic champion David Price.

It
was Skelton’s third successive stoppage victory this year and now aged
45, will see this as his last big chance. Skelton who fought Ruslan Chagaev
for the WBA title in 2008 stamped his authority on the contest from the
start, coming forward in his usual marauding style and was always too
much for his imported foe.

An accidental clash of heads opened up
a nasty gash over Gospic’s left eye in round two and he took a knee
from the effects. later in the round the referee waved the fight off
with Gospic bleeding heavily.

Both Price and Skelton are promoted by Frank Maloney and a meeting between the pair has been talked about since Skelton stopped Tom Dallas in March.

Popular Leeds boxer Adil Anwar booked himself a British light welterweight title fight with the winner of the upcoming Darren Hamilton v Steve Williams fight after outscoring Dale Miles over twelve hard fought rounds.

Anwar started the fight well and won the first few rounds but Miles was fired up and pushed Anwar all the way, constantly hunting his man as he came back into the fight. But Anwar responded every time to the pressure he was under and finished the fight well to get a deserved but close decision with the judges. – The scores were 117-111, 117-112 and 119-111.

Other Results

Neil Perkins beat Nicky Jenman TKO round 4

Wayne Adeniyi
outpointed Tony Shields 40-36

Louis Cuddy outpointed Jovan Kaludjerovic 40-37

Tommy Carus outpointed Sid Razak 40-36

Danny Price
outpointed Hari Miles 58-57

Sean Dodd outpointed Billy Smith 40-36

Sean Lewis outpointed Ross Payne 40-36

Ryan Farag outpointed Gareth Smith 40-36