British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price is starting his reign with a fight that puts him about on par with the non-reign of criticized ex-titlist Tyson Fury, as the 29-year-old giant will face 40-year-old Audley Harrison on October 13 at Liverpool's Echo Arena, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The fight will also be the first on a one-year deal that will have Price showcased on BoxNation, which is a boost for the network and means that promoter Frank Maloney won't have to scramble trying to find TV for Price, who has been featured on Sky Sports, which now has dedicated most of their boxing coverage to Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing.
Price (13-0, 11 KO) has been very impressive as a pro after winning bronze in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics, but it's hard not to criticize this fight. The power-punching, 6'8" price will be facing a man whose best days are a decade behind him, and whose pro career has to be considered a relative failure given the hype Harrison came into the sport with after winning gold in Sydney back in 2000.
Harrison (28-5, 21 KO) was last seen by most in a pathetic loss to David Haye in November 2010, where he looked totally reluctant to fight at all, before Haye finally just decided to put him away in the third after two rounds where neither man did anything. Audley returned to the ring in May of this year, beating Ali Adams, a fighter who had never gone past six rounds and never beaten anyone beyond the club level.
The only good thing you can say about this matchup is given Harrison's notoriety, it should get Price some attention. On that level, I totally understand the fight, and it's not being sold as anything more than a domestic-level fight, either. That's fine. But as a fight, most likely it's just another Saturday where fans have to endure an Audley Harrison fight, years after most have become sick to death of doing so.