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.
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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