• David Price v John McDermott

McDermott embarrassed by Price

ESPN staff
January 21, 2012
David Price wasted no time in beating John McDermott © Getty Images
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David Price remains unbeaten in his professional boxing career after he embarrassed John McDermott to win the vacant English heavyweight title on Saturday night.

Price got straight to work in the opening round, flooring his rival on three occasions to force the referee to step in before many of the fans in attendance had even taken their seats. By the time the fight had been called off, the entire bout had lasted 73 seconds.

Victory for the Olympic bronze medallist books a showdown with Tyson Fury for the British belt. And on this evidence, it would take a brave man to back against Price.

McDermott came out popping the left jab, even finding his target on a couple of occasions, but as soon as he moved forward he left himself open to the counter. Price answered by unleashing an uppercut, crumpling McDermott for the first time.

To his credit, McDermott was straight back to his feet but Price moved in for the kill, dropping his foe again - this time with a barrage of blows that took more of a toll on McDermott.

The end was as inevitable as it was soft as Price simply strolled forward to drop his man one more time. This time the referee stepped in, marking an impressive yet disappointingly short night's work for Price.

"Exactly what I needed but I didn't expect to take John McDermott out like that," Price told Sky Sports. "Even I don't know how hard I'm hitting. That was a peach of an uppercut I hit him with.

"John McDermott is a tough opponent. No-one has done that to him, but I knew before the fight he had never been hit like I was going to hit him and it showed."

Looking ahead to the bout with Fury, Price commented: "Tyson Fury is a fighting man. People say he's going to avoid me. I know Tyson Fury will fight me because he's a fighting man and otherwise he will look like a bit of a coward. He's stuck between a rock and a hard place. He's not ready to move on to world level but can he fight me? We'll wait and see but I think he will."

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