By Scott Gilfoid: David Price (13-0, 11 KO’s) picked up the British heavyweight title he was so badly craving with a 4th round TKO win over Sam Sexton (15-3, 6 KO’s) tonight in Aintree, but I’m not about to call it an impressive performance by Price because he looked beatable to the extreme.
Price dropped Sexton three times en route to winning the fight, but he looked robotic as heck the whole time. Price’s jab isn’t all that impressive compared to the Klitschko brothers, Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev, and he’s not all that smooth and athletic compared to the Klitschkos and Tyson Fury. Was Price good enough to beat Sexton? Yes, he was more than good enough, but so what? Sexton is a 3rd tier heavyweight and a rusty one at that.
Price scored a nice knockdown in the 3rd round courtesy of a right hand rabbit punch that hooked around the back of Sexton’s head later in the round, knocking him to the canvas. Actually, it wasn’t a nice punch, because it didn’t have a lot on it. But since it hit him on the back of the head, it put Sexton down.
Early in the 4th, Price nailed Sexton with a right uppercut that put him down for the second time. After that knockdown, Price forgot about his defense and tried to overwhelm Sexton briefly with punches, but Sexton landed a few nice shots that made Price think twice about that tactic. Price then landed point shots until hitting Sexton with a left to the body followed by a right to the head that put Sexton down for the final time.
There wasn’t much to this fight because Sexton didn’t even really try and throw any punches until the 4th round. I thought I was watching a smaller, white version of Audley Harrison out there because Sexton just wasn’t letting his hands go the way he needed to in order to win. That made it easy for Price to pick him off with jabs and robotic looking right hands.
All in all, I wasn’t impressed with Price. He looks way too mechanical and I think he’ll have huge problems when he steps it up in the future. Before tonight I had picked Price over Tyson Fury if the two were to fight, but not anymore. I see Fury as the much better heavyweight due to his athleticism. Fury can do a lot more in the ring than Price, and I think he would knock Price out cold if given the chance. And I definitely don’t see Price as the next Klitschko. He’s too flawed, too slow, too mechanical, too weak, and too chinny.
I think Price should enjoy his moment in the sun as the British heavyweight champion because I can’t see him beating EBU heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev, if he decides to go that route. Pulev looks more solid and more of an athlete.
I’d like to see Price face Deontay Wilder next. That would be a nice fight with two big, big heavyweight. The 6’7″ Wilder would likely end the fight with a single right hand as soon as he lands solidly.