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David Price Back in October: Harrison, Skelton in Play

By Terence Dooley

Liverpool's David Price is expected to announce the maiden defence of his British heavyweight title next week.  The 29-year-old British and Commonwealth titlist has been pencilled in for an October outing at his home city's ECHO Arena venue, with former EBU champion Audley Harrison rumoured to be the name in the frame for what should be Price's first outing on BoxNation TV due to a link up between Frank Maloney, who promotes Price, and the subscription TV station.
 
Price hammered Sam Sexton to a fourth round defeat in May to pick up the belts, which were vacated by former holder Tyson Fury, who has since admitted that the fact they fight on rival TV networks has made it tough to ink a fight between Britain's biggest heavyweight hopes.

There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of a meeting between Price and Harrison, a former olympic gold medallist, but Matt Skelton's name has also been mentioned.  However, this fight seems an unlikely option as the 45-year-old former British and Commonwealth title holder is not going to entice the casual fans needed to make the choice of the ECHO a viable economic option.

Indeed, Price, 13-0 (11), needs to scalp a big name, and Harrison, despite his flaws, is a crossover star here in the U.K.  Harrison recently threw his name into the domestic title mix during a full and frank interview with BoxingScene ( http://www.boxingscene.com/audley-i-destroy-myself-build-myself-up-again--53711 ) following his comeback win over Ali Adams in May - a fourth-round stoppage.  Harrison, 28-5 (21), is 40-years old and has consistently failed to impact at title level aside from his memorable final round KO of Michael Sprott in April 2010, but a meeting between big Price and "A-Force" would create the same type of British scene buzz as the recent meeting between David Haye and Dereck Chisora.

All will be revealed next week.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 07-22-2012

Forget Harrison and Skelton, go after someone like Ibragimov, Estrada, Guinn etc. His victories over Sexton, Dallas and McDermott should be good enough to prove his worth at domestic level and now he needs to push on. He's not learning…

Comment by Alonzo Harris on 07-22-2012

what's with everyone wanting every boxing prospect to fight world beaters after 10-15 fights!? IMO you should have at least 25-30 fights before you even challenge for a world title, so that you have the experience to deal with different…

Comment by Daïa on 07-22-2012

David Price need to be test now. With 13 fights at 29 years old it's time.

Comment by joe strong on 07-22-2012

harrison still has something left & everyone loves to hate on audley so why not see if he gets his ass kicked by price. this would be his toughest test yet. harrison is a gold medalist, a former prizefighter &…

Comment by ophqui on 07-21-2012

real shame they cant get him in a ring with tyson fury. Im surprised their not mentioning chisora though, or somebody a little more credible than fraudly. Price is decent, and would progress a lot better without padding his record…

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