David Price kept his knockout streak alive and stayed unbeaten, winning the vacant British heavyweight championship today in Liverpool with a fourth round knockout of Sam Sexton.
Price (13-0, 11 KO) put Sexton down once in the third and again in the fourth before scoring the final blow at 2:07 of the fourth round, a brutal knockout that left no doubt. It was his seventh straight win by stoppage, all but one coming within the first four rounds, and right now, he looks as though he may be a class above press rival Tyson Fury, who gave up the British and Commonwealth titles instead of fighting Price, largely due to TV politics.
The 28-year-old Price fights like a seasoned pro, makes few mistakes, doesn't leave a reportedly questionable chin open to get hit, and is starting to draw more legitimate comparisons to Wladimir Klitschko as he continues to win. He's certainly not on the level of Klitschko right now, but this is a guy you might be able to project at that level. He's aggressive, he's smart, and he's got simply massive power in his fists.
For Sexton (15-3, 6 KO), it's another setback against a top domestic fighter, as his two previous losses both came by stoppage against Dereck Chisora. At 27, Sexton has years left in the sport, but it might be a question as to whether or not he's got much great reason to continue. If Price moves out of the domestic level soon enough -- and he very well may -- then Sexton could have a shot at winning a British title at some point, but he's at least two levels below the real top British heavyweights (Price, Chisora, Fury, and of course David Haye).
Ashley Theophane Shocked on Undercard
Ashley Theophane was on the wrong end of a pretty stunning upset, dropping his British junior welterweight title to Darren Hamilton. Hamilton won on scores of 117-112, 115-113, and 118-113.
Hamilton (12-2, 3 KO) will now likely face mandatory challenger Adil Anwar (17-1, 7 KO), who also won on the undercard in Liverpool, beating Dave Ryan by decision.
For Theophane, it's a huge setback but to be honest, and as much as I like him, it's not really as amazingly wild as it might seem. Theophane (31-5-1, 9 KO) has sort of been living on the edge a bit, and his last fight with Ben Murphy was a bit tougher than one might have expected, too. He could be back at this level, and should be good as a spoiler for a while longer, but there are nights he's just plain going to lose, because he's not exceptionally gifted. When he's on his game, he's pretty damn good. When he's not, things like this can happen. It sounds simple and pretty "duh," I know, but, well, I can't explain what I mean too much better. You get it, right?