Price vs Harrison October 13th

By: Danny RichardsonFollow me @Danny_Boy_93



Earlier today, it was confirmed that unbeaten British heavyweight hope David Price, will tackle the most delusional fighter to ever grace the ring, Audley Harrison, on October 13th in Liverpool. Price, who many see as the rising star of the heavyweight division, will make the first defence of his British and Commonwealth titles against the Olympic gold medallist Harrison, who knocked out Ali Adams in his last contest on May 26th.

Price of course, is coming off an impressive victory over Sam Sexton, also in May, and seems to be developing hugely in each fight he has. His boxing ability and extreme power has seen him shoot up to the top of the British heavyweight scene, and he looks ready to step up another level. Although Harrison will provide a small step up in class, Price should wipe the floor with ‘A Force’, and I for one can’t wait to see him end the freak show.

I should make it clear that I can’t stand Audley Harrison, but I’ll try to judge this fight fairly. Let’s look at Harrison’s ‘qualities’. He’s a big heavyweight, he can sometimes land a lucky shot (his left hand) and he has a big mouth, so the promotion of the fight is pretty much sorted. He’s above the likes of Ali Adams and John McDermott, but in terms of boxing ability, I wouldn’t place him much higher than Sam Sexton.

After all, Sexton beat part time taxi driver Martin Rogan twice, whilst Rogan beat Harrison in their bout back in 2008. He is of a decent domestic level – he fits in with the likes of Danny Williams, Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott. He’s nothing special, but would beat a lot of the fighters in Britain without being able to take a step up, but could also lose against opposition he should be beating (like Rogan).

But, the reason this is a small step up in class for Price, is because Harrison has mixed it at a higher level, he has some attributes to match those of Price in terms of size, and he carries a name. Most boxing fans and even none boxing fans will know who Harrison is, so if Price can do a job on him, he will add a name to his CV. Harrison is a big heavyweight, so we’ll see if Price’s power can take him out. But when I say that, Harrison has been taken out before, so if Price is the real deal, he should get Harrison out of there.

I’m clutching at straws here. I’m trying to find reasons why this is going to be a competative fight. If I’m being totally honest though, it will be brutally one sided. Price is superior in ALL departments, he picks some lovely shots, has a terrific jab and his power is phenomenal. If he doesn’t do a job on Harrison, then he’s not as good as we’ve been making him out to be. But I don’t see anything other than a convincing Price win.

If Price can get Harrison out of there earlier than David Haye did back in November 2010, then he will send out a message, and fans will call for a Tyson Fury fight even more than they already are. Fury isn’t fighting the best opposition at the moment, in fact, his last fight with Vinny Maddalone was a shocking match up, despite how much Channel 5 wanted to build Maddalone up as a ‘C’ level world class fighter. The fight we all want to see is Price vs Fury, so hopefully, a convincing win over Harrison will push that fight one step closer. If Fury wants to take it that is.

As I said, Harrison will provide a test Price hasn’t faced before, but Price will have too much, and hopefully end Harrison’s career in the process. Harrison will end up as a journeyman if he carries on thinking he can win a world title (which he still believes he can), so let’s hope he retires after this fight.

The one question is Price’s chin, and Harrison has showed a degree of power on the past with the left hand he landed against Michael Sprott to win the European title. But, as far as I’m concerned, that was a once in a lifetime shot, after all, Harrison promised us he would knock David Haye out with the very same shot, and he failed miserably, by throwing it once in the fight against the Hayemaker and completely missing with it. You never know, but I can’t see Harrison landing his left hand decisively.

So the question is, how quickly will Price get Harrison out of there? As early as possible hopefully, so we don’t have to put up with ‘Fraudley’ any longer than we have to. As long as Price retires Harrison and looks good in the process, there will be some extremely happy boxing fans come October 13th.

Press: McPhilbin Wants His Belt Back

Shane McPhilbin wants back something he feels was taken from him unfairly – the British cruiserweight title.

In a dramatic contest that saw both men hit the deck, Shane wrenched the belt from former champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams via a final round KO in January this year.

Just two months later, however, in his first defence against Enzo Maccarinelli, McPhilbin found himself on the wrong end of a genuine ring injustice.

Having already put Enzo over, and with the Welshman out on his feet and on the verge of being stopped, the bell to end the first round was tolled 47 seconds early! Consequently, with that early, unfair respite proving long enough for Maccarinelli to recover his senses, Shane ultimately ended up losing his crown on a points decision.

Throw into the mix too, then, that Enzo was also banned after the bout for failing a random drugs test and you can understand that Shane, 8-3 (5), feels hard done by that he won’t be facing County Durham’s Jon-Lewis Dickinson as British champion when the pair meet for the vacant title at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on October 13.

Part of an undercard that is headlined by David Price defending his British heavyweight title against Audley Harrison; McPhilbin versus Dickinson has all the hallmarks of a great domestic dust-up.

Hear more from Shane as he heads into the contest:

How frustrating has the whole Enzo Maccarinelli situation been for you?

It’s done my head in a bit, obviously with the drug test and all that.

I think the fight should have gone down as a ‘No Contest’ because it just makes a farce of everything. It’s kind of upsetting for me as well, because I don’t want to be involved in anything that corrupts boxing.

It hasn’t affected my mind-set going into this fight though and I’ve pretty much forgotten all about it now.

Is Jon-Lewis Dickinson a tougher test than Maccarinelli?

I would say he is, yes. Jon-Lewis Dickinson is hungry for it; he’s a good fighter.

He’s a very good stand up boxer. He likes to come forward and he looks like he’s got a bit of a punch on him. I’ve boxed tall boxers before though who’ve been 16 or 17 stones so it doesn’t really affect me much and I’ll just get on with it.

I’m expecting a hard fight, a 50-50 fight, but I still believe that I’ve got enough in the tank to win the British title again.

What do you bring to the table – what are your strengths?

I like to try and get in there and mix it up, try to take them out early, but we’re working on a few things in the gym now and hopefully you’ll see a different fighter than the one against Enzo Maccarinelli.

Have you learned anything from the Enzo fight to take into the Dickinson bout?

Yes, make sure the timekeeper’s not dyslexic! Also to be strong, fit and well on the day rather than going in there unfit.

You’re fighting on a huge card in front of thousands – how much are you looking forward to it?

It’s going to be the biggest arena I’ve ever fought in, so I’m really looking forward to it and have got a real buzz about it.

I’m very confident that I’m going to win. I want that belt back and to move on to bigger and better things. I know it’s going to be a hard fight but I’ve got the tools on the day to bring the belt back home.

How much would it mean to become British champion again?

It would mean the world again. Obviously I should never have lost it because of that timekeeper, so to get it back where it belongs will be amazing.

Lastly, what’s your big-fight prediction – who wins, David Price or Audley Harrison?

David Price, early! Harrison will be lucky to get to the third [round].

Look at the way he [Price] took [John] McDermott out, and McDermott’s one of the toughest blokes out there. Harrison’s got no chin, to be fair, and I think Price will take him out early.