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Price vs Thompson

David Price (2)Tony Thompson

PriceversusThompson

23rd February 2013 , 19:00 GMT

 

12x3 Minute Round International Heavyweight Contest

Post-fight analysis

Thompson stuns Price with second round TKO to silence the Echo Arena

David Price suffered a first career defeat as 41-year-old Tony Thompson caught him with a thunderous blow in the second round, leading to a TKO.

David Price Knockdown

The 29-year-old Price (left) managed to get back to his feet, but looked incredibly uncertain, leaving referee Steve Gray to wave away the fight and shock the packed out Liverpool Echo Arena. It was a stunning outcome to the fight, and a real setback to David Price and his world title ambitions.

Thompson, meanwhile, has proven that he's still a threat in the heavyweight division, and he will look to continue his career, including lining up a world title contest of his own. Immediately following the fight, the veteran American called out another British heavyweight - Tyson Fury - in the hope that he can set up an intriguing spring-summer clash.

Tony Thompson Celebrates

It was a low key start to the fight, with both fighters feeling each other out in the first. Price grew into the second round and looked to have his man in trouble as he backed him into the ropes and unleashed some fearsome combos. No one expected what came next, however, as Price missed with a right hand of his own and left his chin woefully exposed, allowing the American to power a right hand into his neck and jawline, sending him to the canvas.

David Price Stunned

And though Price made it back to his feet, he didn't look remotely capable of competing leaving Steve Gray with the easiest decision of his career so far; to stop the fight and shock the heavyweight division.

Knockouts of can happen to even the very best in heavyweight boxing, but it was the cavalier way in which Price stormed forward without using his left hand to guard himself which worried most spectators. Questions over the 6ft 8in Liverpudlian's chin have always lingered, and on this occasion he was left completely scrambled after receiving a blow that arguably may not have fazed a heavyweight with genuine world title ambitions.

Pre-fight analysis

David Price faces another experienced opponent in American Tony Thompson

The Next Big Thing in heavyweight boxing, David Price, fights another experienced and difficult opponent in the form of 41-year-old American Tony Thompson.

The giant Liverpudlian once again fights in front of a local crowd as he looks to build towards a possible World title challenge in 2013.

Standing before him is the vastly experienced and tough Tony Thompson, a southpaw with 36 wins and who has only twice been knocked out in his career. Both of those fights were against the might of Wladimir Klitschko, including a July 2012 challenge for all four of the Ukrainian heavyweight king's World titles which ended in the sixth.

David PricePrice (L) made short work of Matt Skelton in November, romping to a 2nd round KO

Price, 29, is the reigning British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion after back-to-back stoppages against Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton. He will enter the bout as the narrow favourite, largely thanks to his home advantage, and look to make the most of his superior height and reach against the left-hander.

A win over Thompson would provide the perfect platform for Price to move from British and Commonwealth to the elite level in the heavyweight division. There a number of intriguing and exciting opponents lie in wait, including a potential grudge match against fellow Englishman and heavyweight contender Tyson Fury.

 

Hamilton vs Williams

Darren HamiltonSteve Williams

Hamilton versus Williams

23rd February 2013 , 19:00 GMT

 

The British Light-Welterweight Championship

Post-fight analysis

Hamilton puts in champion's display to UD Williams

It was a controlled performance from Darren Hamilton as he silenced the partisan Echo Arena crowd and dominated his challenger Steve Williams.

Darren Hamilton GuardWilliams (R) rarely troubled Hamilton


Hamilton never looked in trouble, and moved up through the gears nicely as he capitalised on his size and reach advantage. The Londoner, originally from Bristol, won almost every round, reflected in the scorecards which read 118 - 111, 119 - 109 and 120 - 108.

Hamilton caused Williams problems even in the very early stages of the fight, as the Londoner, making a first British title defence, backed him onto the ropes and marked him up from the off.

Darren Hamilton Celebrates

 

Pre-fight analysis

Hamilton looking to stage first Lonsdale belt defence against Williams

After taking a surprise UD win over Ashley Theophane last May to win the British title, Bristol's Darren Hamilton looks to defend his belt for the first time against local fighter, and former English champion, Steve Williams.

Hamilton prevailed over Theophane after a hard fought 12-rounder back in May which raised plenty of eyebrows. The 34-year-old had to dig deep that night, disrupting Theophane's usual fluidity and rhythm to claim a priceless British title win.

Darren HamiltonHamilton celebrates his unexpected May 2012 win over Theophane

 

Merseysider Steve Williams will enjoy the backing of a local crowd in this one. The former English champion has a 13 - 1 record, with his sole career defeat coming during his first British title challenge against Lenny Daws, which he lost after a 10th round retirement.

 

Satchell vs Wilton

Kevin SatchellLuke Wilton

Satchell versus Wilton

23rd February 2013 , 19:00 GMT

 

The British Flyweight Championship

Post-fight analysis

Satchell wins all out war over Wilton to defend British title

Kevin Satchell made a successful first defence of his British Flyweight title during a fiery encounter with Northern Ireland's Luke Wilton.

Satchell V Wilton

The two traded blows on the inside for the duration of a bruising 12-round encounter, with both men ending the fight bloodied and bruised. It was Satchell (right) who put the better shots together throughout the fight, however, and Wilton received a big cut part way through the fight after an accidental clash of heads.

Kevin Satchell

And following the final bell, it was no surprise to see Satchell's hand raised with the judges unanimously ruling 119 - 112, 119 - 110, 118 - 111 in his favour.

Pre-fight analysis

Satchell eyeing first Lonsdale belt defence against Wilton

Two 24-year-old British fighters battle it out for the British Flyweight Championship as the main undercard to Price v Thompson, a heavyweight clash.

Kevin Satchell is looking to defend the British title he won in the same venue in October, also on a David Price undercard. That night, he defeated Chris Edwards in the sixth round having sent him to the canvas in the preceding stanza.

Kevin SatchellSatchell (R) is sent to the neutral corner after knocking Edwards down

 

The challenger, Luke Wilton, a Northern Irishman, will enter the ring with a 13 - 2 - 1 record and having never been stopped. It's undoubtedly the biggest fight of his career so far, and only the second time he's fought outside the Republic or Northern Ireland after an ill-fated 2009 trip to Luton saw him out-pointed after a four-rounder against Delroy Spencer.

 

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