Price proves himself A-Force to be reckoned with
It only took British Heavyweight champion David Price an electrifying 82 seconds to knock Audley Harrison out cold on Saturday night.
The fight, which took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, was a short-lived affair as the impressive Price took his record to 14-0 with 12 KOs.
Harrison was confident of causing an upset coming into the fight, but quickly found out that he was no match for the 6.8 feet Liverpudlian.
Price found Harrison with a right cross that staggered “A-Force” to the ropes, he then followed this up with a barrage of punches to head and body.
Commonwealth champion Price then clocked Harrison with one to the chin to knock his hands down and then a second right to the temple to send him to the canvas out cold.
Price said of the fight: “The finish was as good as it could have been, not enough happened in the fight to make it as good as it could be.”
Even though the fight was seen as a mismatch by many, it is still an impressive showing from Price, who will undoubtedly become a World Champion if he continues in this vain.
It is still probably a couple of fights too early to be talking about a shot at the Klitschko’s, but even now he would give anyone in the division problems with his speed, variation of punches and sheer power that rivals the qualities of the Ukrainian.
He has been touted with a December fight against 45 year old, Matt Skelton, but a fight versus Tyson Fury would do him more good as it would prove he is the best in the country. It would also be a good payday for both fighters.
As forHarrison, one can only hope that the retirement bells are ringing in his head after such a sickening knockout, proving once more that he can no longer cut it at this level.
Other news from the weekend’s action
There was a fight of the year contender at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles as Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado in what was – to quote WWE’s Jim Ross – a “slobberknocker”.
It was Rios that came out of it triumphant via a 7th round KO after the referee was forced to stop the bout.
Both fighters took much punishment and proved they have strong chins with Rios taking his record to 32-0 with 1 draw and wanting a match-up with Manny Pacquiao in 2013.
On the same co-main event, Nonito Donaire won his fight against the dangererous Toshiaki Nishioka at super bantamweight, knocking him down in the sixth and finishing the fight in the 9th round.
European Super-Middleweight champion, James “Chunky” De Gale overcame his opponent in a unanimous decision at Bluewater,Kent, moving his record to 13-1.
Matthew Hatton also bounced back from defeat to Kell Brook by defeating Michael Lomax via first round KO in Manchester.
Kell Brook will take on Hector Saldivia in a final eliminator for the IBF Welterweight belt.
Fighting for the actual belt on the same night are champion, Randall Bailey and challenger, Devon Alexander.
Amir Khan vanquisher, Danny Garcia is set to face Erik “El Terrible” Morales in a rematch for the WBC and WBA light-welterweight championship.
Adam Appleton, Boxing correspondent