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David Price KOs John McDermott; Potential Fight vs. Robert Helenius Ahead?

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Olympic bronze medalist David Price captured the English heavyweight title with a scintillating knockout of a previously obdurate John McDermott.

The Liverpudlian, who had flown under the radar since capturing his Olympic honour in Beijing in 2008, was expected to face a first serious test of both his chin and heart at the hands of long time domestic contender McDermott, however passed his examination without breaking sweat.

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McDermott (25-8) is best known for coming out on the wrong end of two highly contentious scoring decisions in recent years and was expected to use his heartbreaking back story as fuel for a final crack at domestic glory.

However, despite weighing in significantly lighter than his usual fighting weight, the Essex born puncher ignored any inclination of a measured approach, and immediately jumped all over 6″8 Price.

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Price, (12-0) needed no second invitation, and after sending his rival to the canvas once with a quality uppercut, he was always favourite  to end the fight inside the opening session. Two more knockdowns before the halfway point of the round saw McDermott counted out and a new champion crowned.

As suggested by Boxing Fancast at Christmas, the victory sets up the intriguing prospect of a British title fight with Fury- a fight in itself that could be an eliminator for the European title currently held by Robert Helenius.

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