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David Price: McDermott Will Be Tougher Than People Think

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

DAVID PRICE faces the toughest test of his pro ­career tonight when he bids to become English heavyweight champion.

He meets John McDermott at the Liverpool Olympia in a bout that doubles as an eliminator for the British belt.

Since collecting bronze at the ­Beijing Olympics in 2008 Price, 28, has come through 11 professional contests unbeaten.

But McDermott, one year his ­junior, poses a severe threat to the giant Liverpudlian, who can’t ­afford to slip up.

His manager and promoter Frank Maloney said: “David’s SDHp career has been handled right.

“He is learning in the gym what he has got to do but that isn’t as ­important as the fights.

“You don’t go to Oxford or ­Cambridge and graduate straight away. You have a three-year course to go through.

“David has learnt in the gym and the quality of his opponents has picked up each time. This is his A-level test and if David comes through it, we go to the next level.

“But if John throws a spanner in the works and we fail the A-level, we go back to the drawing board.

“It is all about learning and ­preparation. Anybody can get to 20-0 and fight for a title – but it is about winning and keeping that ­title.

“That is the object of David Price’s career. David is not taking his eye off this fight.

“He knows this is his ­hardest to date and anybody who under estimates John McDermott is making a big mistake.”

Price agrees that McDermott, who blasted away Larry Olubamiwo in just one round last time out, is a big danger.

He said: “McDermott has had three times as many pro fights as me and is very experienced.

“This fight won’t be as easy as some people think.

“But I am ­determined to succeed, in what promises to be a very big year for me.”

McDermott knows this could be his final opportunity to make a big impact in the division.

He said: “This is my last chance. If I lose, there is no point in carrying on. I am way too good to become a journeyman. I am above that.

PREDICTION: It will be a tough ask for Price, but I fancy him to win around the sixth.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by typeone on 01-21-2012

Mmmmmm as stated only one out come....

Comment by joe strong on 01-21-2012

mcdermott is a solid test. he is kidding himself if he doesn't think he is a journeyman already. he's a good fighter & solid european gatekeeper. he is on the same level as firtha, gavern, quazada, raphael butler, nagy aguilera,…

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 01-21-2012

Big Mac's conditioning is horrendous but he's a good boxer with a strong punch. If he can land on Price we might learn about his chin.

Comment by typeone on 01-21-2012

[QUOTE=!! Anorak;11692713]I've got a lot of love for John "D Cup" McDermott. His body shape belies how conditioned he actually is, and he has a boxing brain at the level.[/QUOTE] Price takes this fight easy, You can't kid a kidder…

Comment by !! Anorak on 01-21-2012

I've got a lot of love for John "D Cup" McDermott. His body shape belies how conditioned he actually is, and he has a boxing brain at the level.

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