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HEAVYWEIGHTS David Price and Audley Harrison will travel to Liverpool and London to promote their bout, which is being titled “Battle of the Olympians”.

Price, won won bronze in Beijing four years ago, and Harrison, a gold medalist at the 2000 Games in Sydney, will be in the former’s home city on Wednesday, August 8, before travelling south to the capital a day later.

The bout at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, in which the unbeaten Price will be defending his British and Commonwealth titles, will be screened on BoxNation, on October 13.

 

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PROMOTER Steve Goodwin has revealed Ali Adams was lined up for a £100,000 bout in the Middle East had he seen off Audley Harrison.

Iraqi-born Adams was knocked out in the fourth round of their May clash in Brentwood, and subsequently tested positive for a banned substance. He has since claimed that the substance may have been included in medication he was taking for a neck injury and that he would never knowingly take anything on the banned list.
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UNBEATEN heavyweight prospect David Price will be the subject of a “major announcement” on Wednesday, his promoter Frank Maloney has announced.

Press have been invited to the Waldorf Hilton Hotel at noon to receive some “breaking news” about the Liverpool-based fighter, who most recently despatched Sam Sexton by knockout at Aintree in May.
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SAM Sexton is adamant that unbeaten David Price is the best heavyweight in Britain.

Amid the much-hyped Dereck Chisora-David Haye clash at Upton Park next month, Price is rapidly moving into a position of some influence thanks to some impressive wins – most recently a dominant fourth-round knockout of Sexton in May.

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SCOTT Moises has paid tribute to unbeaten John Quigley by labelling him the trickiest fighter he has competed against.

The Norfolk super-featherweight dropped a unanimous points decision to Quigley (7-0) at last weekend’s Aintree show, headlined by David Price’s impressive victory against Moises’ stable-mate Sam Sexton.

And during the six-round contest the 24-year-old (3-6) admitted he had been impressed by the style employed by the southpaw.

“He was clever and awkward, definitely the most awkward boxer I have faced” said Moises, who trains at Graham Everett’s Norwich gym.

“John was a lot faster than I thought he would be, although I knew how he would box and I didn’t change my game plan.

“I felt it was difficult to get my shots off. I jabbed well to the body but should have doubled up those jabs more.

“Graham told me afterwards that he was pleased with my performance and how I handled myself.

“The fight against Quigley was a bit cagey as both of us wanted to counter. It was a hands-down, drawing your opponent in-type of fight.

“But I know I need to get back to the gym and work on my sharpness, speed and putting together combinations.”

Moises, a software applications engineer in Norwich, is a regular traveller for his fights. Prior to his trip to face hometown boxer Quigley in Liverpool, he had taken on Jamie Speight in Plymouth on just a few days’ notice, and has also journeyed to Manchester and London for contests.

Everett has spoken of his frustration at not being able to secure a Norfolk venue for his fighters and that looks set to continue, with Moises prepared to clock up the miles again.

“Most of my fights are too far away for my colleagues at work to come along, so I’d hope to box closer to home,” said Moises.

“That would be nice but I would expect to be on the road again for my next fight.”

RICHARD Towers believes fellow unbeaten boxer David Price will have far too much power for Sam Sexton in their forthcoming British title fight.

The Sheffield man extended his winning run to 13-0 with a fifth-round TKO against American Harold Sconiers at Ponds Forge on Saturday, with rumours suggesting his next fight will be a tilt at a title.

But, in the meantime, the Hatton Promotions fighter will be watching on keenly when Liverpool’s Price meets Sexton, from Norwich, at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, May 19.

However, he fears  Sexton – whose only two defeats have come at the hands of world title challenger Dereck Chisora – will be brushed aside by the hyped and hungry Price.

“David Price will be too big and strong for Sam Sexton, and I think he will absolutely destroy  him,” said Towers.

“He’ll jab his head off before doing the same thing he did to John McDermott (Price won inside a round), although McDermott was in appalling condition for that fight. I’d sparred him before the fight was re-scheduled and we worked on John using his brain – but when he got in the ring, he didn’t do that.

“David seems to be doing well, but what people don’t understand is that in boxing you’ve got to learn to walk before you can run.

“Someone like Tyson Fury is just starting to run now, he’s proving himself. I’ve got a lot of time and respect for him and I think he’ll do well. Other boxers have to prove themselves.”

ALTHOUGH Sam Sexton is due to face one giant of the ring, his attention seems to have been drawn to another.

Sexton competes for the British heavyweight title against unbeaten David Price in less than two months’ time, a fight made after previous champion Tyson Fury vacated the championship.

And while the Liverpool boxer is in Sexton’s immediate sights for their May 19 showdown at Aintree Equestrian Centre, he’s reserved a few special words for the 6ft 9ins Fury – whose next fight is against Northern Irishman Martin Rogan, an opponent Sexton has defeated twice before.

“I cannot see why he would give up his titles to fight for an Irish title. Maybe he was scared that he couldn’t beat David Price,” said Sexton, whose only two losses in a 17-fight career have come against Fury victim Dereck Chisora, once in 2010 for the British title.

“Fury has not really fought anyone except Chisora but everyone knows that it wasn’t the same Chisora who fought me or Vitali Klitschko. I don’t know what was going on in Chisora’s head at the time.

“He’s had a couple of tough fights against people who shouldn’t have troubled him, so I don’t think (promoter) Mick Hennessey is too confident sin putting his fighter in against someone who will beat him. I don’t know why he didn’t take the Price fight. Maybe it’s politics.”

While Fury pursues his goals through a television deal with Channel 5, an opportunity has opened up for Norwich-based Sexton to catapult his career onto the next level with a title victory on the Frank Maloney-promoted show.

With home-city advantage and a perfect 12-0 record, Price will be expected to see off the gutsy threat of Sexton and continue his ascent towards the upper echelons of the heavyweight division.

But those expectations merely fuel the Norfolk man’s desire to defy the bookmakers’ odds.

“I wouldn’t say he’s been over-hyped, but he’s not fought anyone as a professional,” says Sexton.

“Everyone will say I need to worry about his size but he needs to worry about my movement. He’s not been in with anyone who can move as well as me or who is as quick as me.

“He is the favourite with the bookies but this is a fight I feel comfortable with. I went to Northern Ireland (against Martin Rogan) as a massive underdog. This fight won’t phase me.

“Whoever they want me to fight, I’ll fight. I want the British title and then I want to keep it. I like David Price but I will take more pleasure winning because I am expected to lose.”

SAM Sexton is determined to prove the pundits wrong – again – by claiming the British heavyweight title against David Price, according to trainer Graham Everett.

The much-heralded Price (12-0) faces the biggest test of his career against former Commonwealth champion Sexton when the two clash at Aintree on May 19.

Hometown boy Price knocked down a shell-shocked John McDermott three times en-route to victory in the first round of their British title eliminator at Liverpool’s Olympia in January, heightening interest in a clash against then-champion Tyson Fury.

Boxing politics intervened and Fury has since relinquished the title, leaving Norwich-based Sexton and Price to contest the vacant title.

But while on paper the bout is Price’s toughest to date, some bookmakers have made him 6-1 on to see off Everett’s charge, who has lost just twice in 17 fights, both to Dereck Chisora.

Everett insists Sexton thrives on those odds and brought up Sexton’s two victories against Martin Rogan as evidence of upsetting the form book.

“People expect Price to win but, to be honest, Sam is buzzing off that. That attitude is pushing us on,” he said.

“When we went to Belfast (for the first Rogan fight) we caused a huge shock. Even at the weigh-in we were getting invitations to the after-parties. People were talking about Rogan’s next fight.

“Let’s face it, Sam has never really had the silver spoon since turning professional. He’s not had that many fights – for reasons that I won’t go into, and we’re not happy about it – but this is a big opportunity.

“We’re going into the lion’s den, but you have to remember that this is Sam’s fourth championship fight. The pressure is all on David.”

Although a year younger, the 6ft 2ins Sexton is giving up six inches on his formidable opponent, an Olympic super-heavyweight bronze medallist.

But Price is unlikely to have faced anyone so far in his career with Sexton’s decent punching power, with Everett plotting a perfect strategy for the contest.

“David Price is fantastic and he hasn’t done anything wrong as a professional, although it was difficult to learn too much from the McDermott fight,” said Everett.

“It’s no huge secret that Sam will have to get inside Price’s long arms, we don’t want David using his leverage – without giving away too much of our strategy, of course.

“Let’s put it this way, Sam is not going to stand there and walk straight into Price.

“We’re not even contemplating defeat – we’re in this to win it. Sam has started hard training already. He’s at 17 stone now and he’ll be down to 16-and-a-half by fight time. He’ll be very sharp and fast.”