I love David Price. Not in a I’d bend over and let him deflower me way, of course, but because I’m of the belief that he is well ahead of Haye, Chisora and that squeaky-voice balloon Tyson Fury in the talent stakes and will become the world’s next truly great heavyweight.
But as the millions who tuned into Haye v Chisora will tell you, talent isn’t enough. And while I don’t expect ‘Big’ Pricey to start talking about gang-rape and brain damage, he does need to do something other than flatten opponents and appear as an erudite commentator on Box Nation to get the country behind him. Step forward Audley Harrison.
I’m as sick of Audley as the next man, a grudge that stretches back to his flagrant disregard for the paying public with his hideous performances in his initial 10 fight deal with the BBC. Yet even though his Olympic win was 12 years ago and he has been banged out more times than a stepped on gram of coke in Birkenhead, his name remains a draw, if only for the curious freakshow element.
His level of technique allied to punching power and a calmness that echoes Wladimir Klitschko at his best need to be tested at the highest level
And this is why I didn’t start frothing at the mouth when it was announced that Price will defend his Heavyweight titles against Harrison on October 13 in Liverpool. Price has shown that he is ready to make the step up to world level now. His level of technique allied to punching power and a calmness that echoes Wladimir Klitschko at his best need to be tested at the highest level, and while he won’t get this with Audley, what he will pick up is anywhere from 10 – 100,000 new followers when he bangs him out early.
Price has always wanted to fight Fury, but it seems as if we will have to wait until they both have world titles to trade. There’s nothing wrong with that either, it will allow both fighters to gain a sizeable following and boxing to hold its breath for a time when the two giants from the opposite end of the East Lancs road finally get in the ring.
David Price won’t learn much as a boxer against Harrison, but as an exercise in PR due to the added media interest it could be one of the most important decision he has made to date.
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