PORTU-GEEZER PRICE OUT TO TOPPLE SKELTON
DAVID PRICE reckons has Portugal training camp has got him in the mood to hammer Matt Skelton. The undefeated Liverpool boxer makes the second defence of his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against Skelton at Aintree Equestrian Centre on Friday 30th November.
Since beating Audley Harrison in 82 seconds last month, Price has been preparing at promoter Frank Maloney’s training camp in the Algarve.
Price, 29, said: “I went to Portugal because the fight was so soon after the Audley Harrison bout.
“I needed a change of scenery because I was going straight back into camp. It has been refreshing and exactly what I needed.
“I have had some good sparring with Danny Price and John McDermott. I am more or less there and ready to do a number on Skelton.
“I only had a week off after the last fight so it was a case of maintaining what I had already done in the gym in the weeks previously.”
So far this year Price beaten John McDermott, Sam Sexton and Harrison with his three victims lasting just 13 minutes and 42 seconds between them – but Price still needs a break.
He explained: “I have trained for four 12 round fights this year which is god because I have been busy.
“Although the first three fights haven’t gone the distance the training camp takes it out of you and I will welcome a month off over Christmas.”
There is a top class undercard including Darren Hamilton’s British light-welterweight title defence against local boxer Steve Williams.
Other boxers in action include Joe Selkirk, Danny Price, Tony Dodson, Mike Stafford, Andy Colquahoun, Wayne Adeniyi, Neil Perkins and Tommy Carrus.
Tickets for Price’s second defence of his belts are priced £40, £60, £90, £190 VIP including 4 course Christmas meal and are available fromwww.frankmaloney.com, 0844 8000 410
The card will be screened live on BoxNation (Sky 437/Virgin546). You can join at www.boxnation.com
Poland does the business to beat Russia (3-2)
Lausanne, Switzerland, 24 November 2012 – It was a home debut for Hussars Poland against last season’s World Series of Boxing (WSB) Team finalists Russia in Group A and the hosts impressed as they recorded a hard-fought victory at the Hala Sportowo-Widowiskowa in Ggynia. Mateusz Mazik, Tomasz Jablonski and Sergei Kuzmin were the stars of the show as they earned the vital wins to give their team three deserved points.
It was the Bantamweights (50-54kg) up first with Polish southpaw Mateusz Mazik digging deep against the untested Russian Muhammad Shekhova. It was a real battle of wits with both boxers taking turns being the aggressor but Mazik’s early endeavour gave him the edge after four rounds and he held out to win by split decision and give the Hussars a precious lead in the tie.
Russia’s dominant force at Lightweight (57-61kg), Adlan Abdurashidov, then locked horns with orthodox Pole Adil Aslanov in a riveting encounter between two classy boxers. Abdurashidov controlled the opening three rounds with a display full of verve and maturity before peppering his rival with some stinging hooks as Aslanov took a standing eight-count in the fourth. The Russian 22-year-old orthodox fighter held firm to give his team parity in the match.
Tomasz Jablonski, the Polish poster-boy, then produced the performance of the night at Middleweight (68-73kg) with an exquisite display against WSB Season II’s outstanding fighter Aleksandr Ivanov of Russia. Cool, calm and collected, Jablonski wowed the home crowd with sustained pressure to win all five rounds on each of the judges’ scorecards. Hussars were now back on top.
In the Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) bout, Hussars Poland’s 23-year-old Belarusian Sergei Kuzmin mounted a stunning comeback after trailing on points after two rounds to snatch the victory against Russia’s Eduard Yakushev. Digging deep, Kuzmin’s corner did a magnificent job by re-addressing his approach as he turned the fight on its head to dominate the final three rounds and give his team an unassailable lead in the contest following a hard-fought victory.
With the overall win now secured for the Hussars, the last fight of the night saw tough Russian orthodox 23-year-old Vitaly Kudukhov reduce the deficit for the visitors against Yan Sudzilouski at Heavyweight (91+kg). It was end to end but Kudukhov did enough in the first four rounds to win by split decision. The night however belonged to Hussars Poland who put on a great show.
It is a trip to Argentina on Saturday 8 December next for Hussars Poland as Russia host Azerbaijan Baku Fires the day before.