20/05/2012 - 17.03.07


Price puts on punch-perfect display against Sexton

Liverpudlian heavyweight David Price put on a punch-perfect performance to stop Sam Sexton in the fourth round of their British and Commonwealth title clash at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday night.

Price dropped Sexton twice before a devastating short right, two minutes and seven seconds into the fourth round, forced referee Howard Foster to wave the contest off with the Norwich man laying flat out on the canvas.

The 28-year-old, touted by promoter Frank Maloney as a future world champion, looked the real deal as he took the centre of the ring in the opening round and dominated behind a crisp jab.

Sexton, six inches shorter and out of range, was unable to make much impression as Price landed almost at will, doubling up with the left hook while all the while looking to unleash the big right hand.

And that opening came at the end of the third when a left-right combination sent Sexton down for the first time. The smaller man was back on his feet straight away but it was clear the knockdown was the beginning of the end.

Price came flying out of the traps in the fourth sensing his man was there for the taking and quickly sent him to the floor again with a barrage of shots culminating in a right uppercut.

Sexton again rose to his feet but could do nothing about the attack that followed and he succumbed to another barrage of combination punching finishing in a clinical right hook.

‘I felt like I boxed a perfect fight - I don't think Sam laid a glove on me,’ Price said afterwards. ‘I knew I'd have to be patient with Sam early, because I knew he'd be tight and cagey.

‘Once I got through I knew I'd penetrate and hurt him, and I did. No-one's seen me use the jab because the fights have been over so quickly, so I'm glad that went a bit longer so people could see a bit of variation in my work.

‘For me, I'm ready to move on and challenge the best out there. I've got to take my time of course but I've got to make a gradual step up. Making a statement like that I'm going to have to move forward again.’