Hometown hero David Price had another night to remember on
BoxNation as he fires his way to a second round win against Matt
Price celebrates with the British and Commonwealth belts - Will
he add a World title to that collection next year?
Skelton looked quite comfortable until a fearsome body shot
changed the complexion of the fight completely partway through the
Skelton was overwhelmed by Price in the second
The Bedford veteran was left unable to throw punches, and
desperately holding on, before he fell to his knees and the towel
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.
Price and Skelton set for all-British heavyweight showdown
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.
Audley Harrison simply couldn't deal with Price (R)
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
Price will be the favourite
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
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.
Skelton will need to bring his absolute best if he's to score a
Head to Head
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
Can Price keep his title of the "Next Big Thing"?