Maloney high on Price, sees him as possible successor to the Klitschko brothers

By Boxing News - 05/17/2012 - Comments

Image: Maloney high on Price, sees him as possible successor to the Klitschko brothersBy Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight hopeful David Price (12-0, 10 KO’s) fights on Saturday night against former Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sam Sexton (15-2, 6 KO’s) for Tyson Fury’s vacated now vacant British heavyweight strap at the Aintree Equestrian Centre, in Liverpool, UK.

The 28-year-old Price’s promoter Frank Maloney thinks Price or Sexton could be a successor to the Klitschko brothers, saying to Sky Sports News “Everyone is interested in heavyweight and they are looking for a successor to the Klitschkos. And I think one of these two guys can become that.”

That’s a big ask for Maloney, because I don’t see Sexton as a replacement for the Klitschkos. How can he be when he’s been spanked twice by the chubby Dereck Chisora. We’ve already seen Chisora get beaten three out of his last four fights and it’s no longer interesting to see the guy fight because he’s beaten nearly every time fights nowadays. I don’t see Chisora next guy, and I certainly don’t see Sexton, a fighter that Chisora knocked out twice, as the next guy either.

Maloney obviously is referring to Price as the successor for the Klitshko brothers and I don’t agree with that either. The 6’8″ Price is too stiff in the upper body, and lacks the ability to move around the ring and avoid punches like the Klitschkos. He’s basically just running over 2nd and 3rd tier local domestic fodder at this point in his career, and hasn’t gotten close to facing a quality fighter. I think Price can beat Sexton, but I still think there’s some uncertainty there because if Sexton can land a big shot on Price’s fragile chin, Price will get taken out like he did against Roberto Cammarelle in the Olympics.

For Sexton to beat Price, he needs to go for Price’s chin immediately with everything he’s got on Saturday night and then I think he can maybe beat him. But Price isn’t going to be facing anyone good for a while after this fight because he’s talking about defending the British strap, as if he’s in his early 20s instead of his late 20s. He’s going to slowly work his way up, and we may not see Price get a title shot until well into his 30s. What a waste. By then, Deontay Wilder will be ruling the heavyweight division with an iron fist and Price will have missed his chance.

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