David Price and Sam Sexton’s heavyweight title clash will bring prestige back to British boxing – Maloney

16 May

Tommy Barber – London

Following former British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s refusal to honour his mandatory challenger – David Price – together with the controversy surrounding Dereck Chisora and David Haye’s grudge fight this summer, promoter Frank Maloney is backing his premier prizefighter David Price to bring honour back to boxing in Britain. Price takes on Sam Sexton for the vacant Lonsdale title on Saturday, May 19 at the Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside.

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One of the most brobdingnagian boxers within the sport, Price (12-0-0, 10ko) stands at a colossal 6’9 and therefore towers over weekend opponent Sexton (15-2-0, 6ko) by seven inches. Price is undefeated in 12 matches, is gradually building momentum as he continues to step up his level of competition and already has eyebrow-raising victories over John McDermott and Tom Dallas who were both knocked out in the first and second rounds, respectively.

Sexton is an experienced campaigner at domestic level having claimed the BBBoC Southern Area heavyweight title, the British championship as well as the Commonwealth belt. At 27, he has two stoppage triumphs on his resume over Martin Rogan, but twice fell short when boxing Dereck Chisora.

“David and Sam are both gentlemen and will give fans a fight to remember,” promised Maloney. “There has been no trash talking and whoever wins will be proud to call themselves British and Commonwealth champion.”

He added: “Fury tried to lessen the title by refusing to face David [and] Chisora and Haye have brought bad publicity to the sport.”

Maloney is confident his fighter will be the one to have his arm raised as winner once combat has concluded but believes Sexton can make for a good fight: “Obviously I am backing David to win, but Sam is a very good fighter and been a delight to work with during the build-up.”

In support of the main attraction, Maloney has put together a number of intriguing undercard bouts, including Ashley Theophane’s third defence of his British super lightweight title. Treasure Theophane takes on Darren Hamilton and, should he – as is expected – be successful, then he will keep the Lonsdale belt.

Also on the bill is a 140lb clash between Adil Anwar and Dave Ryan and heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte versus Zurab Noniashvili.

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