30th November 2012
Hometown hero David Price had another night to remember on BoxNation as he fires his way to a second round win against Matt Skelton.
Skelton looked quite comfortable until a fearsome body shot changed the complexion of the fight completely partway through the second round.
The Bedford veteran was left unable to throw punches, and desperately holding on, before he fell to his knees and the towel came in.
The defeat is likely to be a final one for Skelton, who is expected to retire, while Price marches into 2013 with a heavyweight World title challenge, and possible bouts against Dereck Chisora or Tyson Fury, on his mind.
David Price is being called "the next big thing". Not only is this a reference to his massive, 6ft 8in frame, but also to his huge potential to be Britain's next heavyweight world champion.
2013 could be a very big year for the popular Liverpool fighter, who recently defended his British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Championships against a 38-year-old Audley Harrison with a blistering 82-second TKO.
Now Price faces 45-year-old Matt Skelton, himself a former British and Commonwealth champ. The Bedford heavyweight, who has a 28 - 6 record, will look to return to the top of the British heavyweight pecking order, and Price could be in for a difficult evening.
There's no question that David Price will be the favourite to win this fight. He stands five inches taller than his opponent, and also has a significant reach advantage.
On his side, Matt Skelton has bags of experienced gleaned over a pro career that now spans 10 years. He'll look to make things hard for Price, fight on the inside and counteract the physical advantages that the Liverpudlian possesses.
This fairly friendly affair was the last chance for the press to speak to the boxers ahead of their clash on the 30th.
Matt Skelton: "There's no pressure on me and I'm enjoying my training. I think the guys [David] has fought have allowed him to dictate the fight."
David Price: "There's a lot of hype around me - there's a welcome kind of pressure. If no one expected me to do it, I'd be doing something wrong. Matt Skelton is a fighter, he's not going to come in and shy away from the fight - I'm expecting a tough fight."
30th November 2012