David Price vs. Sam Sexton – Vacant British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Title Fight – Aintree Equestrian Centre, 19th May – Full Event Report

Liverpool’s heavyweight hope David Price is no longer a hope, but a champion as he produced fight history on Merseyside following his victory over Norwich’s Sam Sexton with a punch-perfect performance in their bout for the vacant British & Commonwealth heavyweight titles at a full to the brim Aintree Equestrian Centre on Saturday. A great atmosphere proved to add to a great night of boxing in Liverpool.

6ft 8inch Price, who’s now unbeaten with a record of 13-0-0, tipped the scales in the Weighing Room at the world’s most famous racecourse in Aintree at 17st 7.5lbs on Friday afternoon. He did battle with Sexton, and having come out on top, he was the proud recipient of that coveted Lonsdale belt come the final bell. Pricey, who is promoted by Londoner Frank Maloney, is now the first ever Liverpool-born British & Commonwealth heavyweight champion.

The 28-year-old weighed in only half-a-pound heavier that what he tipped the scales at in January for his lightning quick dispatch of Basildon’s John McDermott – which lasted all of seventy three seconds.

On the contrary, Sam Sexton weighed in the lighter of the pair at 16st 4.5lbs. Only twice before in his seventeen fight career had Sexton weighed in heavier than the weight he went into this fight with.

Victorious Price, whose ringwalk was his side Liverpool’s song You’ll Never Walk Alone, won the straps headlining a card which featured no fewer than five fights for belts (including his own).

In the beginning of the fight between the two biggest men in the country, we saw David Price boxing clever. He boxed in such a way that he could mask his big overhand right and unleash it when Sexton was least expecting it. Liverpool’s number one heavyweight showed Sexton the jab for the opening; he was cool, calm and collected as he looked – not to get Sexton out of there early but – to get rounds into the bag. This was key as Price had, previous to Saturday, an eighty three percent knockout percentage.

The second was pretty much the same, despite Sexton managing to throw a few digs of his own. Price took those digs and reconfigured his defences rapidly in order for him not to be able to allow Sexton a sustained spell of pressure.

The third saw Price’s dominance show even more. He continued to box on the jab and try to disguise the big right, which was the punch that he eventually ended the fight with. Sexton was put onto the seat of his pants twice before the final round, which was the fourth and had to switch to the survival tactics. The survival tactics didn’t work, however, because he didn’t survive much longer. Referee Howard Foster waved the fight off after two minutes and seven seconds of round four.

The medical team were straight into the ring to ensure Sexton was okay. He was up on his feet after around a minute which was good to see, but nevertheless he was comprehensively beaten by the better fighter on the night.

Price said in his post-fight Sky Sports interview: “I think Frank [Maloney] will answer the question of what’s to happen next, but for me I’m ready to move on to the next level.”

It was a faultless performance from the big man who is now the British & Commonwealth heavyweight champ. All talk now will be whether to step David Price up to the European stage, hopefully on his way to World heavyweight domination. As Barry McGuigan said post-fight: “This kid’s got the potential to go all the way.” The Klitschko’s are being talked up as possible future opponents, but that’s too risky for me. He’s there; there’s no doubt about that – I just think it’ll be too soon for the big man and he could fall from grace if his team make the wrong decision. Price’s future is all down to his promoter Frank Maloney now and I’m pretty sure that Frank will make the correct decision in order to take Pricey to the top.

Chief support for the fight between Price and Sexton was an all-Scouse affair for the vacant Commonwealth title at 112lbs between 25-year-old Paul Edwards & Everton Red Triangle’s Kevin Satchell. That eagerly-anticipated showdown was won by Kev Satchell. Ahead of this, pundits like Barry McGuigan & Sky’s Glenn McCrory were questioning Satchell’s ability to make the weight. He proved everyone wrong on Saturday, despite reportedly looking drawn & drained at the weight at the weigh-in on Friday afternoon. In the opening rounds, Edwards had a poor defence and looked to be struggling with the sheer strength and attack of Kevin Satchell. As the fight progressed, the early events never really changed and “Satch” continued to heap the pressure on “Eddy” using the left jab, which was clearly the most effective punch of the fight. Edwards wasn’t matching the volume or work rate of Satchell, but he improved defensively and began to get his punches off. As well as getting his own punches away, Eddy was slipping Satchell’s attacks. However, the good spell that Edwards had in the opening half of the fifth round subsided and Satchell came back to show his control and threw many of his own shots. Saturday was also the first fight in eight that Satchell had boxed past six rounds. He’s improving with every fight and he showed his character and persistence against Edwards. The persistence of Satchell paid off and after only eight fights, the 23-year-old is the new Commonwealth flyweight champion, following the decision made by Paul Edwards’ corner to pull him out midway through round ten.

However, that wasn’t the end of the strapping action on the night as there were three other titles to be decided. Firstly, Ashley Theophane fought newly-appointed opponent Darren Hamilton – the same Darren Hamilton who fought and defeated Liverpool’s John Watson Jnr. on the bill of Tony Bellew’s British light heavyweight title defence against Danny McIntosh, who’s from the same neck of the woods as Sam Sexton, last month – for the British light welterweight title after his original opponent, another Scouser Steve Williams, was forced to pull out with a chest infection last week. Hamilton pulled off a late replacement shock in the defeat of Ashley Theophane. “Treasure” Theophane has a new record, following this loss, of 31(9)-5-0. It was a unanimous points decision made by the three judges in favour of Darren Hamilton. When the scorecards were announced, Theophane was aghast with disbelief as he firmly believed that he had out-pointed his opponent. This clearly wasn’t the case as Darren Hamilton is the new British light welterweight champion.

The Aintree crowd was then treated to a title fight between Jevgenijs Andrejevs and Travis Dickinson. The pair fought it out for the English light heavyweight title and Dickinson, who’s only had five knockouts, won on points. He dismissed Andrejevs on points after the late withdrawal of Bob Ajisafe.

The other title bout that everybody saw was the British light welterweight eliminator contested between Prizefighter winner Adil Anwar & Dave Ryan in a ten round contest. Prizefighter victor Anwar was the victor on Saturday. He had his opponent Dave Ryan down twice – once in the tenth and once in the eleventh – before going on to win via a points decision.

The undercard featured a wealth of talent including ERT’s Ryan Farrag, Farrag’s fellow Scousers Mike Robinson & cruiserweight Louis Cuddy, along with John Quigley and Venture’s Sean Dodd in his second professional contest. Also on the undercard was London heavyweight Dillian Whyte.

Louis Cuddy, London’s Dillian Whyte, Venture’s Sean Dodd & John Quigley of Quigley’s Gym all got wins on the undercard of the fight that was being talked up as the bout which included the best British heavyweight since Lennox Lewis, against their respective opponents.

Ryan Farrag and Mike Robinson, who were due to showcase their talent on the bill, never boxed; Farrag’s opponent pulled out & Mike Robinson withdrew from his fight with Gareth Smith due to stomach cramps.

BoxAcademy – Live from Bowlers, Manchester on BoxNation – On-air Fight Reports

Friday night at the Bowlers Arena in Manchester saw the maiden “BoxAcademy” show go on air on Frank Warren’s BoxNation television channel. The initiative is supposed to bring exposure to those fighters that are upcoming, who wouldn’t be recognised for their skill and ability otherwise – and it delivered, for me, exactly as it promised.

First up in front of the BoxNation cameras was exciting 23-year-old super flyweight Paul Butler, who defeated the Bulgarian journeyman Hyusein Hyuseinov in the third round through count out. It was a top performance by the “Baby Faced Assassin” in only his seventh pro bout. The man who out-pointed Bristol’s Michael Ramabeletsa in his last outing on the undercard of Derry Mathews’ unsuccessful lightweight world title challenge against Italian Emiliano Marsili is still unbeaten with a record of 7(3)-0-0. All the talk following the fight was of a possible outing against fellow super flyweight Ashley “Flash” Sexton – possibly for a title belt.

Next up to box in front of the cameras and the audience at Bowlers was Callum Johnson of Gallagher’s Gym in Bolton, who successfully added another win to his record over the highly durable James Tucker after the referee halted the fight in the seventh of eight rounds following the decision that Tucker was in no fit state to continue. Johnson was only the third opponent to stop Tucker in fifty losses. Another seven rounds in the bank for the man from Boston, who had never before – and still hasn’t completed – a scheduled eight round fight. His new record is 5(3)-0-0.

Mancunian southpaw Terry Flannigan won the only piece of silverware available on the night – which was the vacant English super featherweight title. He saw off Newcastle’s Dougie Curran to cruise to victory in a unanimous points decision. Both fighters were slow out of the blocks in the first couple of rounds and Curran gave a good account of himself, but Flannigan – who walked out to Alex Clare’s “Too Close” – picked him off when he was least expecting it to win his first title in a full-distance fight – in only his fourteenth contest. The judges had the scores as follows: 99-90, 99-91, 99-91.

Inactive Scouse prospect Joe Selkirk came up with the goods to keep his unbeaten record up against conquerer of Stephen Harkin, a tough Jason Ball of Doncaster. It’s time for Selkirk to stay active & get fights under his belt because he’s a promising kid who deserves the success he should get in the future. Friday’s show saw him get a good eight rounds under his belt, which will be vital when it comes to fighting for a title at light middleweight. Scouser Selkirk, before this fight, had only had six rounds of boxing in the previous ten months.

Rocky Fielding added another win to his slate and now has a record of 10(4)-0-0 after his opponent Cieran Healy was pulled out by his corner with a shoulder injury. It was a good performance by the Prizefighter winner. He proved his worth, his class & most definitely proved his potential. It was a stoppage at the end of the fourth for the man from Stockbridge Village, who now has forty two rounds under his belt, which gave him the victory. After seven months of inactivity, a win was just what Rocky & his team were looking for – and that’s what was delivered.

A premature stoppage in the final televised fight of the night between Tommy Coyle & Maurcy Gojko gives Coyle his twelfth straight win. The referee stopped it too early for me, but it’s a win for Coyle nevertheless, who defeated his third scheduled opponent for this fight. “Boom Boom,” from Hull, will next be pitted against Martin Gethin for the vacant English lightweight title in September.

That wrapped up a top night of boxing from Bowlers in Manchester in the maiden BoxAcademy event on BoxNation, the home of boxing.

I now expect bigger and better things to come from the likes of Paul Butler, Joe Selkirk and Rocky Fielding after proving their worth on the show on Friday.

Price/Sexton – Aintree Equestrian Centre – Saturday, May 19th – Preview

Saturday night at the Aintree Equestrian Centre will see Liverpool heavyweight hope David Price take on Sam Sexton of Norwich for the vacant British and Commonwealth heavyweight title after they were vacated by Wythenshawe’s Tyson Fury.

28-year-old, six foot eight inch Price, who’s rated four in the British heavyweight rankings, is looking to keep up his unbeaten slate in this fight. His last fight, the English heavyweight title against Essex’s “Big Bad John” [John] McDermott was a devastating victory; it was over in seventy three seconds. He’s being touted as “The future” of British heavyweight boxing and I’m sure he has a big future at the top of the tree.

Price’s opponent, 27-year-old Sam Sexton has been “Disrespectfully overlooked” ahead of this fight according to BoxNation’s Steve Bunce, who told me on Twitter last Monday: “He’s hardly been mentioned. When it’s a vacant title and you’re champion, the challenger becomes anonymous.” Sexton also enjoyed a win in his last fight, with a fifth round technical decision over Larry “The War Machine” Olubamiwo of London. The fight was halted in the fifth round after Sexton suffered a cut that needed fifteen stitches after the head clash in the fourth round and the referee’s scorecard was consulted before the end of the bout.

Ahead of the confirmation of this fight, there was talk of Tyson Fury, the vacationer of these belts, becoming a possible opponent, but that wasn’t possible following the vacation. Since that happened, Fury has had another win put on his record – a fifth round victory over Belfast’s Martin Rogan. Many believe that Sam Sexton will prove to be a far tougher test than that of Fury.

The undercard is littered with huge Scouse talent with Paul Edwards facing fellow Liverpudlian Kevin Satchell of the Everton Red Triangle. Other boxers from the fight capital of the UK are also on the bill; John Quigley, Louis Cuddy in only his second professional start, Ryan Farrag, Sean Dodd and 5foot 5inch defeated super flyweight Prizefighter semi finalist Mike Robinson will all have the opportunity to add wins to their respective records on Saturday night.

Hopefully, come Sunday morning, we’ll be waking up to a first ever Liverpool-born British heavyweight champion in David Price. Let’s hope he can go out there and do the business.

Derry & Gav to Go Head to Head Once More

Derry Mathews & 32-year-old Gavin Rees will meet again for the European lightweight belt on the undercard of Kell Brook’s July 7th show when he faces Carson Jones at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield in a twelve round fight, which also features another European title rematch in Kerry Hope vs. 27-year-old, 5ft 8′ Polish middleweight Grzegorz Proksa, live on Sky Sports.

The pair fought a no contest in October of last year in Newport after an accidental head clash forced the referee John Keane to call the fight off in the fourth round. Mathews walked out of the ring that night, not only with a technical draw on his record, but a broken nose to boot.

Not only will they fight for Welshman Rees’ European lightweight title, they will also be in the ring for Mathews’ British title that he won against Manchester’s Anthony Crolla last month.

Both are going into this rematch on the back of impressive wins against Anthony Mezaache & Anthony Crolla respectively. Rees went to Paris and defended his title in style in his opponent’s back yard with a seventh round stoppage. Mathews was also victorious in his last outing, with a shock, against the odds sixth round stoppage of Anthony Crolla. The rematch was announced on Twitter yesterday; Gavin Rees said he was fighting @derrymathews1 [Derry Mathews Twitter address] on July 7th. He also tweeted: “I promised the rematch last time and as soon as mandatory was sorted, I said he [Mathews] would get the rematch. I’m a man of my word.”

Mathews responded to Rees’ tweet with this: “Nice one, Gav [Rees]. True fighter and a great person as well as a fighter.”

28-year-old Derry Mathews has also given thanks to Kell Brook’s promoter, head of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn for giving him the opportunity to fight on Brook’s undercard.

Both boxers seem to think that this is what the fans wanted to see – a rematch between them; I concur. Fans of both boxers believed that there should have been a rematch from day one. They now have their wish and huge credit has to go to Gavin Rees and his team for keeping their word on the rematch.

Two mouth-watering bouts that I’m in no doubt the fans cannot wait to see.

Khan vs. Peterson & Haye vs. Chisora – Totally Farcical

It’s been a controversial week in the boxing world; firstly Frank Warren announces a fight between the much-disgraced pair of heavyweights, three-time cruiserweight champ David Haye and Dereck Chisora, the former British champion which was licensed by the Luxembourg Boxing Foundation. After that, only yesterday it was discovered that American Lamont Peterson had failed a drugs test ahead of his “No Doubt” rematch with Amir Khan after the controversy of their first fight in December.

The final nail in the coffin was discovered this morning as the fight between Khan and Peterson was called off due to the foul play by the American. Khan – in his interview with Sky Sports News this morning – said that he was “Disappointed” and he also called Peterson a cheat. Just after midnight, Amir Khan took to his Twitter page. He said: ” The fight is off! Sorry everyone. The only person to blame is @kingpete26 [Lamont Peterson’s Twitter address]. I’ll be looking for a opponent to fight June 30th.

On the other matter, the Haye/Chisora bout, the British Boxing Board of Control is adamant that this fight should not take place. For me, just as Frank Maloney said to that effect, it is a street brawl. The Board has also threatened promoter Frank Warren with a licence revocation were the card to go ahead. “The Sham in West Ham” is scheduled to take place on July 14th at the home of West Ham United Football Club, Upton Park. If the fight does take place, it’ll be on BoxNation, Frank Warren’s own TV channel (Sky platform 456 & Virgin 546).

It remains to be seen just what action, if any, is taken by the British Boxing Board towards Warren, Haye & Chisora.

Warren also said that on the day the fight was announced, he had sold 17,000 tickets. Experts are predicting this fight to be the most grossing fight in the UK of all time.

It’s all a waiting game now, but there’s only one word I can use to described both “Episodes” and that is “Farcical.”