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Maloney impressed with David Price; WBC

FRANK MALONEY says David Price and his trainer Franny Smith are two of the best professionals he has ever worked with. The British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion faces world ranked American Tony Thompson at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday 23rd February 2012 in a 12 round international heavyweight contest.

Despite training for four 12 round contests last year, 6ft 8in Price (15-0) took just a week off following November’s win over Matt Skelton.
Maloney said: “David and Franny are a dream team and stayed in the gym over Christmas and New Year.

“After the Skelton fight they asked if the Thompson fight could be delayed until March to allow David a longer rest.

“We tried to switch the date, but the venue had no available dates and there were no complaints from them.

“They just said ‘okay’, and got on with it like the true professionals that they are.

“Some fighters you have to be calling up and checking what they are doing, but I can rest knowing David is doing everything correct.”

Price, 29, is now ranked 9th in world by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and rapidly closing in on the heavyweight divisions big guns, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.

Southpaw Thompson (36-3) brings a wealth of experience and has knocked out 24 of his opponents.

Two of his defeats came against Wladimir Klitschko in world titles challenges. Back in July 2008 he lost in 11 rounds and earlier this year was beaten in six.
Thompson is ranked 10th in the IBF world rankings.

In the chief supporting bout, another Liverpool boxer Kevin Satchell (9-0) will defend his British and Commonwealth flyweight titles against Belfast’s Luke Wilton (13-2-1).
Top British light-welterweight contender Adil Anwar (18-1) will box a ten rounder against a selected opponent.

There will be a press conference in Liverpool next week to announce other boxers on the bill including another British championship contest.

Tickets can be purchased £230 (VIP including meal and inner ringside seat), £95 (Ringside), £70 and £40 at or 0844 8000 400.

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January 3, 2013 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:

The WBC Board of Governors has voted for the 2012 WBC Awards, as follows:

WBC Boxer of the Year: Sergio Martínez (Argentina)

WBC Champion of the year: Danny García (United States)

Fight of the Year: Robert Guerrero (United States) vs. Andre Berto (United States)

Most Dramatic Fight of the Year: Sergio Martínez (Argentina) vs. Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. (México)

Most Dominant Performance: Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez (Mexico) vs. Shane Mosley (United States)

Knockout of the Year: Danny García (United States) vs. Erik Morales (Mexico)

Revelation of the Year: Adrian Broner (United States)

Most Impressive Champion: Lucas Matthysse (Argentina)

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights’ Kicks Off 15th Anniversary Season Friday: Undefeated Fighters; New Host and On-Site, Bi-Lingual Reporter

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will begin its 15th anniversary season Friday (10 p.m., ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN) featuring undefeated Jr. Lightweights Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs) vs. Arash Usmanee (20-0, 10 KOs). Read more

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Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at Miami’s Magic City Casino for ESPN2 HD, with new studio host Todd Grisham presenting all the latest news. ESPN Deportes’ Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will describe the action with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio. Former Friday Night Fights host Bernardo Osuna debuts as on-site, bi-lingual reporter for both shows.

Friday’s show will profile Usmanee, reviewing his migration from Afghanistan to Canada following the then-Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

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