News December 2017

Pricey returns with win & welcomes potential Tyson Fury match


By Michael J Jones

LIVERPOOL heavyweight David Price returned to winning ways last night with a shut-out victory over plucky journeyman Kamil Sokolowski in London. The former British and Commonwealth champion was having his first contest since a disappointing defeat to Christian Hammer in February.

The 6’8” Price towered over his Polish opponent, who stood just over six-foot tall, and made full use of his advantages in height and reach. Boxing in a controlled manner behind his long jab, the scouse puncher won each of the six rounds comfortably for a 60-54 victory.

The Devon-based loser had also gone the distance with current British heavyweight champion Sam Sexton (a former KO victim of Price), as well as Gary Cornish and Tom Little to show he’s no mug despite a poor record which now stands at 4-12-2 (1).

The winner boxed for the first time under his new team of Derry Mathews and Joe McNally as well as scouse boxing figure George Vaughan on the MTK London card.
Price, now 22-4 (18), admitted to using the fight to get back into things and said afterwards; “I got a good six rounds in the bank but the thing is I need ring time.

Before my last fight, I had four rounds in two years and now I’m looking to get another six or eight-round fight under my belt in February, then a 10-rounder and then we’ll see what comes.”

“It’s not really my style to start calling people out but I want to step up” continued Price. “We know that there are fighters out there in a similar position to myself who would probably fancy the job against me, but I just keep pushing on and if something comes then great.”

One long-mooted bout has recently had its interest rekindled and Price wasn’t shy for a comment on a match against former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury. The long-absent Fury is currently in intense training for a 2018 comeback and the two men met recently and exchanged pleasantries.

“Tyson and I were together the other day and from what I was told he has a lot of big plans” the 34 year old Price commented of his rival. “I know that if Tyson Fury could give me the opportunity he would love to and I have a lot of respect for him. Let’s make no bones about it, I’m not on his level as a fighter, but a fight between us would still generate a lot of interest and we respect each other as men.”

Fury has entertained the bout on Twitter and the two have history with Price out-scoring Fury in their amateur days. Fury has called the defeat his “only genuine loss” but, as yet, nothing has been formerly arranged for the contest.

Price could well fancy a British title shot seeing as the reigning champion Sam Sexton was stopped by Price in four rounds in 2012. Sexton would surely also like the chance to avenge his defeat against a decent name.

Former Olympic Bronze medallist Price has had a rough ride as a pro since his first defeat to Tony Thompson four years ago. Spells of inactivity have been sandwiched between shocking losses. The talent, power and commitment has always been there and, especially in the heavyweight division, it sometimes only takes one or two good wins to get right back into the mix.

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