Price Still Hoping for Lonsdale Glory

DAVID PRICE is worried that he may be unable to win a Lonsdale belt outright because there is a lack of serious domestic rivals.

The 6ft 8in Liverpool puncher won the British heavyweight title last year by defeating Sam Sexton, and made quick fire defences against Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton.

He needs one more notch to own a Lonsdale belt outright, but there are currently no suitable active contenders.

Price (15-0) is now boxing at world class and meets American double world title challenger Tony Thompson (36-3) in a 12 rounder at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday 23rd February.

Price who is also Commonwealth title holder explained: “Winning a Lonsdale belt is not my priority but at the same time it would be a great honour to own one alongside other great fighters.

“I would not turn it down as long as we can get an opponent who would raise me to the challenge.

“It would have to be against a fighter who I believe is world level like Dereck Chisora or Tyson Fury.

“My friend, David Haye is about but he seems focused solely on getting a fight against Vitali Klitschko.

“There isn’t anyone else I can raise myself for, but who knows someone might come through and I can keep the belt outright.”

Price’s friend Kevin Satchell (9-0) makes the first defence of his British flyweight title against Luke Wilton (13-2-1) on the same bill.

And Bristol’s Darren Hamilton (12-2) risks his British light-welterweight championship against another Liverpool boxer, Steve Williams (13-1).

Adil Anwar (18-1) who hopes to challenge the winner also boxes and promoter Frank Maloney hopes he will be involved in the fourth 12 rounder on the card.

Others boxers on the bill include David Burke (26-2), Paul Edwards (9-2), Sean Dodd (4-0), Louis Cuddy (6-0), Neil Perkins (2-0), Steven Lewis (2-0), Andy Colquhoun (5-0) and Peter Gallagher (1-0).

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

The show will be broadcast live by the home of boxing BoxNation (Sky 437/Virgin 546). Join now at www.boxnation.com. WealthTV will be broadcasting the card live in the United States.

Maloney Hails True Pro Price

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 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.

Price Gives Tickets for British Soldiers

DAVID PRICE has donated 50 tickets for his big fight against Matt Skelton to British forces.

The tickets will go to the 2nd Lancaster Regiment who are currently deployed on Herrick 18 and go to Afghanistan over Christmas.

But the troops will be ringside when the patriotic scouser defends his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against Skelton at Aintree Racecourse on Friday November 30.

Price said: “We should all spare a thought for our military services especially with Christmas.

“There will be many of them deployed all over the world at Christmas away from their family and loved ones.

“If giving some tickets to watch be defend by championship belts helps boost them then nobody will be more pleases than myself.”

Price’s second defence of his titles will be screened live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/Virgin 546). You can join at www.boxnation.com