David Price has bright future after fourth round victory over Sam Sexton at Aintree
If British boxing is looking for a new heavyweight star, David Price could be the man.
By Gareth A Davies, Boxing Correspondent
After a clinical, faultless performance last night in which the 6ft 8ins boxer from Liverpool claimed the vacant British heavyweight title, stopping former Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton with a huge right hook in the fourth round at Aintree Racecourse.
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Remarkably, he is the first Liverpudlian to win the British heavyweight title.
Price, the Beijing Games Olympic bronze medallist as a superheavyweight, moved to thirteen fights unbeaten, and stamped his claim as a potential world title challenger in the next two years.
Earlier in the fourth round, Sexton had been staggered by a right uppercut, but the contest showcased Price's rangy skills and power.
Price, 28, was faultless in the opening two rounds, alternating between jabs and the occasional body shot. He stayed disciplined, signalling his class when he put Sexton down with a clipping right hand in the third period. Thereafter, he picked the Norwich man off. Sexton moved to 15 wins, three losses. In some ways, it looked almost easy - and Sexton is no mug.
"It's everything I've worked towards," said Price. "This was the first target. It's done. Now we can look forward. I felt like I boxed the perfect fight. I knew I'd have to be patient, but I'm ready to step up and face the best out there. I won't rush - I'm not the finished article yet - but I feel I am destined to be a world champion."
"This feels like the end of the beginning."
Frank Maloney, his promoter, added: "David has the best jab since Lennox Lewis as a heavyweight. That was a 10 out of 10 performance. He is a credit to British boxing."
There were plaudits from all quarters. "The guy is a breath of fresh air," said Glenn McCrory.
There will be calls for him to step up and face the Klitschko brothers, who between them hold the four main world heavyweight titles, but Maloney insisted that they will "take time" with Price as he is not the finished article. Wise words. But at present, Price looks head and shoulders - literally - above the other British heavyweights out there. There was a "coming of age" feel about this contest. Something special.
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