13th October 2012 , 18:45 BST |
Our first fight of the evening saw former heavyweight champion Matt Skelton take on Croatian Jakov Gospic. The fight started off slowly in round one, and while Gospic landed a few shots, Skelton seemed comfortable and in control. It turned out this was to be the only full round of the contest, and, into the second, a clash of heads opened up a gash above Jakov Gospic's eye, which Matt Skelton took to his advantage.
With impaired vision, and blood hitting the canvas, it wasn't long before the fight was stopped and Skelton announced the winner. While Skelton put on a good show, even he will be slightly disappointed with the lack of time in the ring; although understandably not as disappointed as Gospic.
The fight started quickly; with sharp punching from Liverpudlian, Kevin Satchell in the first round. The second round perhaps went to Edwards, despite a late flurry from Satchell who's impressed in his first eight undefeated fights.
The following few rounds went by with decent competitive punching, and not much to call between the two fighters, and it started to look like we might be going the distance.
The fifth round couldn't end sooner for Edwards who, 10 seconds before the end, looked like he was in a deal of pain following a body shot from Satchell that caused him to take a knee. Despite making it to the end of the round, Satchell now knew what he had to do, and continued to attack Chris Edwards' right side in the sixth.
It didn't take long for Edwards to go down again, pain visible all over his face following another battering on his side, and the fight was stopped swiftly afterwards. Liverpool celebrated a victory for new British champion, and still undefeated in nine bouts, Kevin Satchell!
Shane McPhilbin fought in the third fight against Jon Lewis Dickinson in our second championship fight, for the British Cruiserweight strap.
The first round started uneventfully, with not much to call between the fighters. Into the second and Dickinson tried for several uppercuts, with McPhilbin going for the counter - but to this point the fight had made for a slightly messy encounter.
The third and fourth saw Dickinson landing the cleaner shots, but still a difficult fight to call. McPhilbin's corner's inspirational words didn't have the effect they were hoping for, and Dickinson continued to land the better shots as we moved into the sixth.
It wasn't until the 10th that McPhilbin looked like he won a round, and then it was due to a point deduction against Jon Lewis Dickinson. At this stage of the fight, despite also looking strong in the 11th, McPhilbin was looking for a knockout or bust...
The late flurry, previously seen against the likes of Leon Williams, didn't materialise and the fight finished after 12 rounds in favour of Jon Lewis Dickinson. After a fairly uneventful 12 rounds, the scores read 118-110, 118-110, 117-111. Dickinson takes the Cruiserweight championship back to County Durham.
The big fight of the night, for the British and Commonwealth titles, featured Liverpool home favourite David Price fighting former Olympian Audley Harrison, who arrived into the ring to music from the film Rocky.
The air in the arena was electric, and rightfully so with the huge potential of Price up against Harrison.
The fight started tentatively with nothing landed in the first 40 seconds. But THEN! David Price opened up with a swift right jab, and a flurry of punches to Audley Harrison's body and head, with the power forcing him onto the ropes. It wasn't immediately clear the Harrison was knocked out, but after the referee jumped in, Harrison slumped to the floor, not two minutes into round one.
A fantastic fight from the champion, and living up to the high expectations. From here, we'll all be expecting big things from Price; with many questioning where Audley Harrison will go.
"I'm going all the way to the top" - David Price
"We've got a future heavyweight champion of the world" - Frank Maloney
Adil Anwar vs Dale Miles, both with one defeat each, followed Price vs Harrison. Anwar the 'Platinum Kid' is starting to build a following and showed why with a few solid right hands in the first round.
Miles started to get into range in the second, but still Anwar found a way through Miles guard landing several strong jabs. With three rounds down, Miles started to look better, despite Anwar's constant ducking and weaving. Dale Miles, while not looking hurt, started to bleed from his nose and his eye looked a bit swollen, which may have fuelled Anwar's confidence.
The fifth saw another round for Adil Anwar despite Miles strong finish to round four; Anwar continuing to dance and dodge around the ring like the Duracell bunny.
At the end of the 7th it looked like Miles might be launching a comeback, with Anwar finally starting to look a little tired.
Miles came further back into the fight in the ninth, and still looked strong in the 10th, although Adil Anwar landed a few flurries in a late burst of energy. The 11th continued to be Anwar's, and despite all of Dale's energy in a stirring 12th round, the fight went the distance, and to the judges.
The scores, 117-111, 117-112, 119-111 all in favour of future title contender, Adil Anwar.
The 29-year-old Price will make his debut on BoxNation on Saturday 13th October when he takes on 2000 Olympic Champion and former world title challenger Audley Harrison at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
Many knowledgeable insiders within the sport claim that the fast, heavy-handed, 6ft 8in Merseysider is a future world champion.
Since winning Bronze at the Beijing Olympics, he has racked up an unbeaten 13 fight run and his punch power has been undeniable with 11 stoppages; his last seven fights have all ended prematurely.
In January he demolished John McDermott inside one round to win the English title and followed that up in May with a devastating fourth round KO of Sam Sexton to claim the British and Commonwealth titles.
Price was a BoxNation studio guest at West Ham United in July for the high-profile David Haye-Dereck Chisora heavyweight showdown that also revealed a natural talent beyond the ropes.
"I'm happy that the public will get the opportunity to see the next phase of my career develop on BoxNation," said Price.
"Frank [Maloney] has sorted out the business outside of the ring for me and I'll continue what I do best inside the ring by continuing to win fights and titles that will culminate in the ultimate prize - the world heavyweight crown."
"The next step is Saturday 13th October at the Liverpool Echo Arena against Audley Harrison and I look forward to putting on a great show for the BoxNation viewers' and fans in attendance."
Maloney, whose own career in boxing spans over 30 years, is well
known for guiding one of Britain's greatest ever heavyweights
Lennox Lewis, is looking forward to Price fighting on
"I'm looking forward to joining the new home of TV boxing BoxNation to develop who I believe is the most exciting heavyweight talent since Lennox Lewis,"
"I'd like to thank BoxNation for the opportunity to keep Price on British TV screens so that the fans continue to see his fights and the rest of the boxers in my stable,"
"It will be a battle of the Olympians when he clashes with Harrison in his first fight for BoxNation and a fight he's looking to make a big statement."
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Shane McPhilbin might feel hard done by that he isn't the reigning British Cruiserweight Champion. He shocked Leon Williams to win the belt LIVE on BoxNation in January with a TKO, but later lost it in a controversial defeat by Enzo Maccarinelli.
During the first round of that bout, the bell was rung 47 seconds early, while Enzo Macc had already been put to the canvas once.
Many spectators felt McPhilbin would've won the contest there and then had it not been for the premature end to the round.
Now Shane McPhilbin sets his sights on winning back what he feels is rightfully his. Standing before him is the 11 - 2 26-year-old Jon Lewis Dickinson.
It's sure to be an exciting contest, and it's just one of four title fights on a stacked David Price v Audley Harrison undercard.
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Steve Williams will have a passionate Liverpool crowd on his side as he looks to upset the odds and wrest away Darren Hamilton's British Light-Welterweight Championship.
Both men enter the fight with 12 wins, while Hamilton has lost twice to Williams' once. In his most recent outing Hamilton won the British strap in Liverpool, and he will hope to leave the city still the reigning champion.
The British and Commonwealth Flyweight Championships are both on the line as 36-year-old Edwards will be tested by up and coming 23-year-old Kevin Satchell.
With a 17 - 14 - 4 record, the current British belt holder Chris Edwards faces a very testing time against 8 - 0 Kevin Satchell.
Satchell, the reigning Commonwealth holder, is 13 years Edwards' junior and has yet to be beaten. His last outing saw him win the Commonwealth strap after forcing Paul Edwards into a 10th round retirement.