Price destroys Big John and sends message to heavyweight rivals

Martin Supple at ringside: In a heavyweight battle arranged for a third time after two postponements, David Price made an emphatic statement to the rest of the division with a devastating first round blow-out of former British title challenger John McDermott. Headlining for the first time in his career, Price (17st 9lb) delighted the packed house in attendance at Liverpool Olympia with a destructive display of punching against the outgunned Hornsey man.
Big John (19st 5lb) entered the ring fired-up, shouting as he paced the perimeter. Price received a rapturous reception as he walked slowly in, exuding confidence, to firstly "You'll Never Walk Alone" and then "Ring of Fire". Billed as an English title fight and final eliminator for the British and Commonwealth titles (held by Tyson Fury), this fight was more about testing Price at a known level and gauging his progress. McDermott, after all, had given Fury 19 hard rounds over two fights. It took just 73 seconds for Price to dispose of McDermott, knocking him down three times in the process.
McDermott came out aggressively from the first bell, landing an overhand right as he tried to back Price to the ropes. As he attacked again, throwing the same overhand right, Price unloaded a hard right uppercut on the inside which dumped John on the canvas. Rather than adjust, John again chose to mix it with the 6" 8" Liverpool giant and soon found himself on the floor again, this time courtesy of a clubbing right hand.
Showing maturity, Price knew one more shot would finish the job, and a stiff jab set up a straight right to the chin which decked McDermott for the final time. Referee Howard Foster reached the ten count as John was in the act of rising, prompting mass euphoria from the Liverpool Olympia crowd. The authority behind Price’s punches was highly impressive. These were no wild full bloodied swings which did for McDermott; these were well-placed precise shots which wrecked a 19 stone heavyweight. Unfortunately for John, his days as a legitimate contender for British and Commonwealth titles are over.
All talk after the fight was of a potential matchup with Tyson Fury. Purse bids for that fight are in the next couple of weeks, although whether Fury will remain champion and take the fight is another matter. In the meantime, Frank Maloney spoke of his desire to get Price another fight in March with the possibility of some exposure on a bill in the States. The Martinez v Macklin show at Madison Square Garden on March 17th could be an option stated Maloney.
With the David Price story moving on to bigger and better things, a larger venue could also be required in future as he attracted an excellent attendance here, even though the venue was hosting boxing for a second consecutive night. Genuine power is the one 'must-have' for any heavyweight with true world title aspirations. Whether Price is now the best active heavyweight in Britain or not, there cannot be much argument he is the most dangerous.
In the most entertaining undercard fight of the night, Liverpool super-flyweight Kevin "Satch" Satchell earned a six round decision over former British bantamweight king Martin Power. Satchell (8st 4lb) bossed most of the action, and the 59-55 score from referee Steve Gray appeared slightly generous to Power (also 8st 4lb) who suffered terrible rounds in both the second and the sixth. Satchell established his authority in round one, connecting with numerous solid right hands and defending behind his lead shoulder Floyd Mayweather-style.
In the second, Satchell put Power down with a cracking right hand straight down the middle. Up quickly at "four", referee Gray gave Power the benefit of the doubt as Martin's legs seemed to be shaky. Satchell connected with three more solid right hands, his follow up attacks having Power all over the place, with the St. Pancras man sagging on the ropes as the bell came to end the round. To Martin's credit he came out strong for the third and earned a share of the round on my card through his workrate. Rounds four and five saw Satchell find the range for his right hand again, producing the much more effective work even though Power resolutely stuck to his task of firing back.
The final round was a bad one for Power as Satchell produced an eye-catching variety of punches, landing an uppercut - left hook when backed to the ropes and then once again launching an all-out assault in pursuit of the stoppage. It's fair to say he would have obtained it if the final bell had not sounded when it did, as referee Gray was poised to jump in at exactly that moment, with Power exhausted and vulnerable on the ropes. Although it was largely one-way traffic, Power's refusal to succumb ensured it was very watchable, but Martin won't want too many more nights like this. Satchell looked terrific in front of the live Sky Sports cameras, and the only problem for his team now will be how to match him.
2011 ABA 71kg champion James "Kid Shamrock" Metcalf had a brief night's work against Luton's James Smith. Metcalf (11st 3lb) came out very aggressively unloading wide hooks to body and head. Smith (11st 8lb) was immediately on the retreat and struggling to keep the marauding Metcalf at bay. Forced back for the full three minutes and face reddened from Metcalf's clubbing shots, Smith retired on his stool at the end of the first round. Referee Mark Lyson accepted the decision from Smith's trainer Graham Earl. Smith seemed to be gesturing to some discomfort in his left hand as he left the ring.
A super-middleweight derby between Liverpool fighters Carl Dilks (12st 6lb) and Joe Ainscough (also 12st 6lb) went the full four-threes distance with Dilks getting the nod - Steve Gray scoring 39-37 from ringside for trialist referee Alvin Finch. Dilks looked the bigger man and forced the action throughout the early stages, Ainscough on the back foot wary of Dilks' edge in power. Dilks walked forward with hands low, looking to land power punches with Joe happy to try his luck on the counter.
In round two, Dilks decked Ainscough with a solid left hook. Joe went down in a delayed reaction and rose at the count of eight. Ainscough fought back however, catching Dilks with a three-punch combination. Rounds three and four belonged to Ainscough who landed hard hooks and right hands without really troubling Carl. Dilks showed nice boxing, pulling back to avoid Joe's wider shots although the volume of punches from Ainscough was more impressive. A visibly tired Ainscough summoned a huge effort to outwork Dilks over the final two minutes, as he piled on the punches and denied Carl space to unload his own shots. My card had it two rounds apiece with Dilks winning by a solitary point due to the knockdown.
Liam Vaughan (11st 4lb) earned a technical decision victory over Simone Lucas (11st 8lb) in a 4 x 3 light-middleweight contest. The fighters shared the first couple of rounds, Vaughan seeking to place his right hand off the jab but Lucas produced effective work on the counter. In round three, an accidental clash of heads opened a nasty cut on the left eyebrow of Lucas. Dripping blood, he immediately stopped fighting to paw at the injury and protested to referee Mark Lyson. Mr. Lyson then announced it was accidental before instructing the boxers to continue. Vaughan targeted the injury and attacked the now pre-occupied Lucas who seemed reluctant to continue with the cut.
With the face of Lucas now a mask of blood, referee Lyson stopped the action and waved the fight off at 1:23 of round three. Vaughan was awarded a three round technical decision victory 30-28. I have to admit, this surprised me watching from ringside as I was under the impression that the new rules stipulate four rounds have to be completed to go to a technical points decision (yep, me too. Time for the Board to clarify this? - Deputy Editor).In a fight only scheduled for four rounds, any early finish due to an accidental head clash would be deemed a technical draw. Back to the Board of Control rulebook for me...
In the final bout of the night, Belfast's unbeaten Jamie Conlan decisioned Elemir Rafael from Slovakia over six-threes at bantamweight. Conlan (8st 8lb) won a shutout 60-54 verdict from ringside official Mark Lyson, scoring for referee Alvin Finch. Rafael (8st 10lb) showed no ambition, despite his trainer's bizarre Alex Ferguson-style "hairdryer" treatment at end of the first round. A full sixty seconds of (I'm guessing) choice, non-stop, booming Slovakian vernacular was hurled at Rafael as he sat forlornly on his stool. The trainer’s motivational efforts were in vain though, Conlan much the busier, not loading up on his punches and finding some neat angles to land without putting the negative Rafael in any trouble.
Conlan did well to stick to his task with Rafael frustratingly backing up and then grabbing whenever Conlan moved in close. Jamie saved his best work for the final round, a sharp three-punch combination punctuated with a heavy right hand snapping Rafael's head back.  
For the rest of the undercard from Liverpool Olympia, please see Ben Carey’s ringside report.

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