David Price sparring with Pulev to get ready for Sexton next Saturday
By William Mackay: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect David Price (12-0, 10 KO’s) has reportedly been sparring with heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev to try and get ready for Price’s bout against Sam Sexton (15-2, 6 KO’s) next Saturday night in a fight for the vacant BBBofC British heavyweight title at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, UK.
Price, who turns 29 on July 6th, said to Sky Sports News about his sparring sessions with the 6’4″ Pulev “We sparred a lot in the amateurs. Before the 2008 Olympics, we did a lot of sparring and he would get on top of me so I wanted to go back and see where I was now. It was a good gauge. We did five spars in all and each one was different and one day I would get the better of him, and the next he would have it more his own way.”
That’s not good news for Price, because it shows that unless he can get a fighter out of there early, he’s going to have to take a lot of shots on his own and his chin isn’t one of the best in the division.
Sexton, 6’3″, isn’t a big puncher and he’s also got a fragile chin as we’ve seen in Sexton’s two blowout losses to Dereck Chisora. Sexton also was hurt in his first fight against Martin Rogan in May 2009, and even turned his back on Rogan after getting hurt by him. In looking at those two fights, it’s not hard to imagine that Sexton might get blown out early by Price if the big 6’8″ Price comes out fast out of the blocks looking to score a quick knockout in the fight. However, if Sexton can stick around until the later rounds of the fight, he’ll have a good chance of blasting a tired Price out of there if he fights aggressively and not in a survival first type of fight.