Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

David Price in Position To Shine Against Audley Harrison

By Derek Bilton

The past meets the present in Liverpool this weekend as one-time British world heavyweight hope Audley Harrison attempts to go to the well one last time when he meets unbeaten Scouse wonder David Price.

Harrison of course needs no introduction. He famously scooped gold at the Olympics in Sydney back in 2000 to achieve instant celebrity. However despite reaching the absolute pinnacle in a vest and head guard his career as a pro has a huge disappointment. He has talked the talk but rarely walked the walk and he's bang up against it this weekend.

This is not a sportsman drinking in the last chance saloon even. This is a man drinking cans in the pub car park hoping against hope for a lock-in. Big Audley turns 41 this month and in Price he is taking on an unbeaten puncher who is fighting in his own backyard, and who has won his last three fights courtesy of crushing stoppages in rather spectacular fashion.

Harrison has boxed just once in almost two years and his record is a rather patchy 28-5 (22). He can still bang with the left but he his limitations were surely exposed once and for all by

David Haye, who smashed him to bits in three one-sided rounds (Harrison barely threw a punch of note) back in 2010.

The amiable Price seems to be in a no-win situation. If he bombs Audley out of there he's beaten a has-been (or neverwas-been, depending on your perspective). Yet if he struggles or heaven forbid is bombed out himself then his own stock would plummet alarmingly.

Both men are Olympians (Price won bronze in Beijing in 2008) and both are well built by modern heavyweight standards, but the Liverpool man looks to be holding all the aces here. 'Big Pricey' is a huge draw in his home city and indeed he is seen as the man who will carry British boxing hopes over the next five years or so.

As usual Harrison has been talking a good fight, stating that he is finally back in love with the game and looking to complete his 'journey'.

However we have heard this talk before time and time again only to see Harrison stink the joint out. There are those who fancy Harrison to make this competitive for a few rounds but I can't see beyond a comprehensive Price win. He has the power in both hands to get the respect of any heavyweight in the world and Audley has shown before that once he is hurt he freezes like a startled rabbit whose gaze is stuck in the headlights of an oncoming truck.

If Harrison can get his jab working he might be able to keep Price at bay early on, and if he can detonate that left hand he could ask a few questions of Price's chin, which has yet to be tested in the pro ranks.

However Price has a pretty solid defence and after apparently do OK in heated spars with the Klitschko brothers, among others, I am not convinced that his whiskers will be found wanting.

A far more likely scenario however is that Price catches Harrison (whose reflexes are not what they were) early and punches him to a bloody standstill.

British champion Price could get this wrapped up inside three minutes but even if he doesn't I certainly expect him to take care of business before halfway, finally ridding boxing of one of the most deluded athletes British sport has seen over the past 20 years.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by yoz on 10-13-2012

Audley's got this. Mark my words. ;)

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Chavez Still Wants To Fight Golovkin; 'I Think I Can Beat Him' Jessie Magdaleno, Oscar Valdez Get Opponents For April 22 Simmons Replaces Matty Askin In British Title Clash vs. Kennedy Jose Arellano, Colorado Amateur Star, is Set For Pro Debut De La Hoya: Spence Will Destroy Brook - I'd Love To Promote Him Chisora vs. Helenius Rematch Looking Likely, Says Trainer Chavez Jr: If Canelo Felt He Could Win - He Would've Fought GGG Manuel Charr Injured, Odlanier Solis Fight is Called Off The Deontay Wilder Conundrum Braekhus Struggles To Make Weight For Svensson Showdown Photos: Rodriguez-Narvaez, Vargas, Lopez - Telemundo Weigh-In Canelo: Golovkin Received His Biggest Offer - Do Not Blame Me! Video: Joseph Parker, Kevin Barry Discuss Hughie Fury Defense Gervonta Davis Has No Issue Heading To UK For Walsh Defense Kovalev's Promoter: Ward's Side Continue To Ignore Rematch Talks Dusty Harrison Arrested, Being Held on Gun Charge Brian Viloria vs. Ruben Montoya Set For March 2 in Japan Photos: Maurice Hooker vs. Cristobal Cruz - Official Weigh-In Horn's Promoter: Pacquiao Felt Pressure, Chasing Fantasy Offer Photos: Pearson-DeLoach, Tabiti, Rodriguez - Official Weigh-In Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. Swarmed By Fans at Houston Presser Photos: Hurd-Harrison, Breazeale-Ugonoh - Go Face To Face Maurice Hooker vs. Cristobal Cruz Set For Friday in Tijuana Photos: Deontay Wilder, Gerald Washington - Go Face To Face De La Hoya is Firm: Chavez Jr. Can Derail Canelo vs. Golovkin Russian Boxing Scene Update: Upcoming Events Joshua Pleads With Wilder To Start Fighting Better Opponents Chavez Jr. Aims To Reclaim Lost Fans By Knocking Off Canelo Photo: Lucian Bute, Eleider Alvarez on Weight, Ready For Battle Washington: I Have A lot That Deontay Wilder Hasn't Seen Before Usyk-Hunter, Gvozdyk-Gonzalez Added To Lomachenko-Sosa British Boxing News: Flanagan-Petrov, Skeete-Singleton, Jay Harris Holyfield Joins PBC Broadcast Team For Wilder-Washington WBC Outlines, Explains The 'Clean Boxing' Drug Testing Program Hughie Fury On Verge of Losing Parker Shot, Must Sign Contract Dmitry Bivol Pounds, Stops Robert Berridge in Four Rounds Tony Bellew: I Want To Be Out Of Boxing Within 12 Months Izu Ugonoh on Signing His Deal With Al Haymon Wilder Aims To Send Message With Statement KO of Washington Jacobs' Adviser: Golovkin Will Pay on 3/18 for Canelo Negotiations
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement