Punch-Perfect Price Demolishes Sexton

DAVID PRICE has targeted world domination after stopping SAM SEXTON in the fourth round to become Liverpool’s first British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion.

The 6ft 8in powerhouse did not skip a beat in front of his home support at the historic Aintree Equestrian Centre, after putting on a clinical and almost faultless performance.

The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist dominated right from the start utilising a solid, rangy jab to force Sexton on the back foot. Price was looking to pick Sexton apart, finding gaps in the Norwich man’s defence to land crisp uppercuts and body shots.

Sexton, however did try to get himself into the fight in the second but it was to no avail as Price remained disciplined and repeatedly found the target, with Sexton offering little in return.

The third round was slightly better for Sexton as he bombed forward in an attempt to unsettle the 28-year-old behemoth. However, Price stayed strong and a right hook clipped Sexton on the temple sending him down on one knee.

The former Commonwealth champion was saved by the bell but it was only a matter of time before Price finished him off.

Sexton was immediately on the receiving end of Price’s onslaught at the beginning of the fourth, as Price scored another knockdown with a flurry of shots.

Sexton rose to his feet yet again but Price responded by flooring Sexton with a mammoth right hook that sent Sexton crashing hard to the canvas.

Referee Howard Foster had absolutely no choice but to wave the fight off and declare Price the victor.

Speaking after the fight, the new champion said: “It’s everything I’ve worked towards.

“This was the first target. It’s done. Now we can look forward. I felt like I boxed the perfect fight.

“I knew I’d have to be patient, but I’m ready to step up and face the best out there.

“I won’t rush – I’m not the finished article yet – but I feel I am destined to be a world champion. This feels like the end of the beginning.”

His promoter, Frank Maloney, added: “David has the best jab since Lennox Lewis as a heavyweight. That was a 10 out of 10 performance. He is a credit to British boxing.”

Price is now almost certain to be earmarked as a future opponent for the Klitschko brothers, who between them hold the four main world heavyweight titles.

However, Price himself has admitted that he is not quite ready to face the Ukrainian kingpins, who will seek to rush Price before he is truly ready.

Sexton, who only had two losses against Dereck Chisora coming into the fight, was by no means an easy opponent but was made to look far inferior to the Liverpool giant.

Price’s stock will now continue to rise as he know looks head and shoulders – literally- above the rest of Britain’s heavyweights.

 

 

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Khan-Peterson II Cancelled

AMIR KHAN’s rematch with LAMONT PETERSON for the WBA and IBF light welterweight titles has been officially cancelled, the American’s failed drug test.

The Briton’s US promoter, Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, revealed on Wednesday that Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone back in March after both fighters agreed to random drug testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) before their bout at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on 19 May.

Khan took to Twitter just before midnight to break the news that the fight would not go ahead, stating that Peterson was entirely to blame for its cancellation but revealed that he would find an opponent to face him at the end of June.

The Brit posted: “The fight is off! sorry everyone the only person to blame is @kingpete26 (Peterson). I’ll be looking for an opponent to fight June 30”.

Khan then spoke to Sky Sports News to vent his frustrations further, labelling the American a “cheat”. 

The 25-year-old from Bolton said: “First of all I’m disappointed because I trained very hard for this fight,” said Khan.

“It was a big shock for me. My head was all over the place, I really, really wanted to win my titles back and have the fight.

“But the truth’s come out now and it just proves that Lamont Peterson was a cheat really.

“I’m looking at fighting on 30 June. I’ve got a meeting with Golden Boy Promotions over the next few days and hopefully we’ll set a date.”

Khan’s prospects of fighting Peterson in 10 days’ time grew bleaker after claims from Peterson’s lawyer, Jeff Fried, that he had used “surgically implanted testosterone pellets” under his armpits, in order to combat low testosterone levels.

Keith Kizner, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed that he intended to advise the board to refuse Peterson a licence to fight Khan, with the result of their earlier meeting in Peterson’s hometown of Washington last December almost certain to be annulled.

Speaking to RingTV.com, Kizner said: “Unless there’s some real obvious and legitimate reason for the positive test, he’s not fighting.

“Jeff Fried said that it was ‘testosterone pellets’. What I understand that to be, although I’m not a doctor, is that it’s almost like a semi-solid that you kind of put underneath your armpit, and then the heat of your body kind of allows it to soak your glands.”

It is not just Khan himself who has been affected by the cancellation but the fact that an estimated 4,000 British fans have booked flights, hotels and tickets to support Khan as he seeks to reclaim his belts.

In spite of the revelations, Peterson’s team have insisted that he is not a drugs cheat. His publicist Andre Johnson also spoke to Sky Sports News, saying: “Lamont is not a cheat. He is not a steroid abuser. There’s no evidence of anabolic steroid abuse in his body or in his system,” he said.

“He’s not a doper. He’s not a cheater. He’s distraught. He wanted to clear his name and do what he was born to do – fight.”

It’s On: Haye Will Fight Chisora In Upton Park Grudge Match

It has been confirmed that disgraced British heavyweights David Haye and Dereck Chisora will settle their differences in the ring at Upton Park, the home of West Ham United, on 14 July.

However, the fight will not be licenced by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC), instead it will be controlled by the Luxembourg Boxing Association, who will supply all the necessary officials and be responsible for the conduct of the event.

Their grudge began after both men were involved in a brawl at a post-fight press conference, following Chisora’s defeat by Vitali Klitschko in Munich last February.

As a result of the incident, Chisora had his licence suspended indefinitely by the BBBC after he was cited for three counts of indiscipline. In addition to his feud with Haye, Chisora slapped Klitschko at the weigh-in and spat water in the face of his younger brother Wladimir.

The fight was officially announced at a heated press conference at the stadium on Tuesday, where both fighters traded insults with Haye vowing to beat Chisora.

Speaking at the conference, where both men were preposterously separated by a steel fence, Haye said: “He is the ideal opponent for me. I am so glad he has got a good chin because if he didn’t have a good chin he would be blasted out in the first round.

“I tried to knock him out in Munich and this is the opportunity to shut him up.”

Chisora, who was surrounded by a number of security guards, angrily responded: “I don’t like him.

“Talk is cheap now. That was a lucky shot he hit me with in Munich. Your talk is cheap. You always talk but you don’t deliver in the ring.”

Chisora also sensationally claimed that after a chance meeting in London recently, Haye “pulled a knife” on him. Haye responded: “I was eating a steak. It was in a restaurant.”

After the decision was made to suspend his licence, Chisora launched an appeal and the hearing was due to begin next Monday, however it has now been pushed back to “some time in June”.

Haye, meanwhile relinquished his licence after he retired last October, after losing his WBA title to Wladimir three months earlier, meaning neither men have an official licence to box in Britain.

The event is expected to attract over 40,000 people to Upton Park, which would be the biggest crowd in British boxing since Ricky Hatton brought 58,000 fans to the City Of Manchester Stadium to watch him fight Juan Lazcano in May 2008.

Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren, insisted that he was not be undermining the BBBC by going to Luxembourg for the fight’s licence.

Warren said: “This is not the end of British boxing. I believe it will be a sell out, a huge event. There are far, far worse things happening in sport than what’s happening here. No charges have been made against Haye or Dereck for what happened in Munich.

“He (Chisora) is not banned from boxing. The fight has been licenced by the governing body in Luxembourg, which has the same standards as the BBBC. It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead.”

Huck Retains Title After Thriller With Afolabi

 

MARCO HUCK retained his WBO cruiserweight title last night after his fight with Britain’s OLA AFOLABI went to a draw in Erfut, Germany.

At the end of the twelfth round, the judges scored the card 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 for Huck, resulting in a majority draw. The fight often resembled a Rocky movie, both men swinging wildly and connecting with brutal shots that mirrored Balboa Vs Creed.

American-based Londoner Afolabi started off well, boxing cleverly and picking his punches, with “Captain” Huck’s nose beginning to bleed by the third round.

However, Huck began to find his way into the fight almost immediately afterwards, landing his now trademark flurries and turning the tide in his favour.

Huck thumped Afolabi with a massive uppercut in the sixth round that stunned the 32-year-old but the Brit showed a granite chin and shrugged off the German’s assault.

In the seventh, Huck rocked Afolabi yet again with a huge right hand, but Afolabi continued to fight on and survive, opening up a cut above the champion’s eye.

Huck proceeded to unload on Afolabi in the eighth, looking to finish him off with wild uppercuts and crosses but Afolabi managed to survive. It was at this point the tide began to turn even further for Huck as a frenetic flurry in the ninth from Huck left Afolabi hanging on for dear life and was relieved to be saved by the bell.

However, Afolabi made a miraculous recovery in the tenth round, coming forward with a relentless assault, forcing the 27-year-old on the back foot. Both men traded hard and clinical blows in the eleventh, both appearing exhausted as they gave it every last fibre of their being to be crowned the winner.

Huck and Afolabi continued to stand toe-to-toe, delivering bombs to each other’s faces, with Afolabi looking hurt and ready to hit the canvas. However, he once again recovered and fought another adrenaline-fuelled round before the fight was brought to an end.

Huck has now built up a reputation as a solid fighter that can easily trade with the best of them, as proven when he made the step up to heavyweight three months ago to challenge WBA champion, ALEXANDER POVETKIN and was unlucky not to walk away with the title.

Afolabi has been one of British boxing’s best kept secrets and even though he wasn’t victorious, his stock will continue to rise and if he wishes he may get a rematch with Huck, possibly in his home country.

After a highly entertaining  fight, boxing  fans worldwide will be sure to keep their eyes peeled as to when either of these fighters step into the ring again.

 

Cotto Fights Bravely But Mayweather Remains King Of The World

FLOYD MAYWEATHER notched up his 43rd career victory and maintained his undefeated record with a unanimous points victory over MIGUEL COTTO to become the new WBA super welterweight champion at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last night.

Mayweather proved  himself yet again as the pound-for-pound boxing king but Cotto made sure that it wasn’t going to be an easy night for the outspoken 34-year-old.

Cotto stretched Mayweather to his limits, fighting like a true warrior with excellent combinations and body shots that made Mayweather uncomfortable throughout. However, Mayweather found a way to win, not out of desperation as many fighters have tried but using his frighteningly accurate punch precision and excellent boxing skills to out point the Puerto Rican.

The judges scorecards reflected somewhat unfairly on Cotto, with the fight being scored 117-111, 117-111, 118-110 all in Mayweather’s favour despite the fight being tight, with at least three rounds being open to serious debate.

Mayweather started the fight looking to punish Cotto immediately with his punch precision, dipping low and springing forward, stinging Cotto with a couple of head and body shots, using his time well to win the first round comfortably.

It appeared that Cotto was going to have to work harder for the points, as despite being younger, he was clearly slower than the lightning-fast “Pretty Boy”.  The 31-year-old champion caused an almighty roar from the 20,000 fans in attendance when he knocked Mayweather’s head over the ropes and continued his assault to win the second round.

The light middleweight division is Cotto’s natural weight, Mayweather has only fought at this weight once before and that was against Oscar De La Hoya seven years ago. Mayweather was beginning to feel strength that Cotto possesses with Mayweather’s corner looking slightly anxious at the fact that the challenger was giving away rounds, something he is certainly not used to.

Cotto started to unload on Mayweather but ended up on the receiving end of some blistering combinations and a serious of uppercuts and rights that swung the round Mayweather’s way.

At the halfway mark, Cotto was searching for a single power shot that could change the momentum of the fight and almost got it when he stiffened Mayweather with a left jab that resulted in blood oozing from Mayweather’s nose. The last time Mayweather was rocked was against the wiley welterweight legend Shane Mosley two years ago and left the fight looking more scarred than he has done for years.

Cotto was still trying to slow down Mayweather with hefty combinations but to no avail, as Mayweather drew on his vast reserve of fitness to pepper Cotto from range.

However, Cotto then stormed back in the eighth round as he worked well to deter Mayweather, wobbing and weaving to pounce on his head and body, leaving the world number one shaking his head as he returned to his stool.

Mayweather, however kept his cool but had reverted to a toe-to-toe exchange that Cotto was delighted to be drawn into, belief was beginning to build that Cotto could well pull off one of the greatest boxing upsets.

With only two rounds remaining in the fight, Cotto still could not find the perfect shot to defeat Mayweather, as the challenger countered on the inside with piercing uppercuts and short rights.

Cotto knew he needed a stoppage to win but Mayweather fought tremendously to deny the WBA champion any glory. Mayweather sliced and diced the Puerto Rican in the twelfth and final round, pummeling him with combinations and shaking him to his boots with an uppercut in the centre of the ring.

They were trading blows until the final second, after which the two men embraced knowing they had brought a classic fight back to the spiritual home of boxing.

Mayweather was cut and bruised, his stamina had rarely been tested like this before but he won the fight like a true champion, no controversy like his previous outing against Victor Ortiz.

Speaking to the media after the fight, Mayweather said to Cotto: “You’re a hell of a champion.

“I had to fight hard against a future Hall-of-Famer, no push over. He came to fight, not just to survive. As for the cuts, they all come with the territory. I wanted to fight Pacquiao this fight but couldn’t make it happen. I still want that fight, when he takes the test.”

Miguel Cotto said afterwards: “The judges said I lost the fight.

“I can’t do anything else. I have to take my defeat. I brought my best and I did my best every day in training and I did my best tonight. I’m happy with my performance. So are my family. I can’t ask for anything else.”

Now that the dust has settled with this fight, Mayweather must now pay the price for his actions outside of the ring. Mayweather will start a 90-day prison sentence at Clark County Detention Center on June 1st on accounts of domestic violence against his former partner.

However, Mayweather has been awarded a rather generous parting gift; a cheque for $32 million dollars for his purse and yet-to-be calculated pay-per-view revenue which could take his earnings to just over $50 million.

The will they-wont they argument with Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is sure to rumble on but it should be pushed aside for now. Mayweather put in a fine performance to stake his claim as the pound-for-pound king. Pacquiao will need to put on a much improved performance against Timothy Bradley on June 9th if he is to regain that accolade, after a highly contentious decision against his old foe Juan Manuel Marquez.

This fight was supposed to be a consolation fight for Mayweather-Pacquiao, instead we got a classic, no politics, no controversy, just a thrilling night of world-class action.

Frampton Faces Hirales

SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT sensation CARL FRAMPTON will face unbeaten Mexican RAUL HIRALES for the vacant IBF Inter Continental title on 26 May.

The current Commonwealth champion will face Hirales on the undercard of CARL FROCH’S world title bout with LUCIEN BUTE at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.

Hirales will travel to the UK with an impressive pedigree winning all of his 16 fights including 8 knockouts. However if Frampton is to maintain his unbeaten record, then he will have a fight lined up in Belfast for later on in the year with European champion KIKO MARTINEZ.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Frampton’s manager, the legendary BARRY MCGUIGAN, believes that Hirales will prove a tough test for his young prodigy.

He said: “You cannot get tougher than an unbeaten Mexican prospect, it’s a great challenge and one Carl needs and is excited about.

“Hirales has beaten three prospects already and has eight knockouts on his record so we’re up against it, but it’s a great opportunity for Carl on a huge global platform.

“We want to meet Kiko Martinez in Belfast in September and we’re moving on from SCOTT QUIGG and RENDALL MUNROE now as we’re annoyed that they are fighting each other and not Carl.”

Frampton’s promoter EDDIE HEARN added: “We wanted a big step up in class and we’ve got it.

“Hirales is a tough, unbeaten and highly rated Mexican and we hope he can provide a stern test for Carl.

“Victory here will set up a Kiko Martinez fight for September and from there we want to be in position to challenge the current IBF champion JEFFREY MATHEBULA for the title.”