Monday, May 21, 2012
Price coming to America soon?
By Dan Rafael
David Price's impressive fourth-round destruction of Sam Sexton on Saturday, in which he scored three knockdowns to win the vacant British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, kept him on track toward his ultimate goal: to win a world title by his 20th fight.
"People might have dismissed David's comment when he said he could become world heavyweight champion by his 20th fight," said Frank Maloney, Price's promoter. "That doesn't look a bad prediction now. He could most probably earn his chance quickly, but it is about becoming world champion and having a long reign."
Maloney, of course, is very bullish on Price, 28, who won an Olympic bronze medal in 2008. Maloney said in the aftermath of the Sexton fight, which took place in Price's hometown of Liverpool, that he is exploring the possibility of a fight for Price (13-0, 11 KOs) in the United States this summer. However, I'd bet that Price will probably stay in England for his next fight to take advantage of the rave reviews he is getting for the performance against Sexton. But it would be nice to see the 6-foot-8, 245-pounder hit America's shores. Whatever Price does next, Maloney was impressed with his fighter's performance.
"We know David has an impeccable amateur pedigree, but to do a job like that on Sam in only his 13th professional fight was special," Maloney said. "The only other person to beat Sexton was Dereck Chisora [who has two TKOs against Sexton], and I will let [people] decide who was the most impressive against him."
Now Maloney plans to get together with Price and his team to consider the fighter's next opponent.
"There are some credible British opponents who would be decent opposition, and there has been interest from America for a while," Maloney said. "Whatever decision is made will be in David's best interests and nobody else."