English heavyweight David Price appeared to confirm his amateur promise when he blasted out big John McDermott in a mere seventy-three seconds in Liverpool tonight.
McDermott is no mug and had recently extended British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury over two contests, as well as putting paid quickly to another British prospect, Larry Olubawimo in his last fight.
Price’s power rendered the contest a non-event. McDermott, now 26-8, 17 KO’s, had promised to come out fast and take the fight to Price, and he kept his word, but failed to protect himself properly as he flung wild punches at his younger adversary from the first bell. Within 15 seconds he’d walked on to a right uppercut which put him on his backside. He took the eight count, but got to his feet quickly and was able to skirmish for a few seconds before being ignominiously dropped again with a long right. Big John rolled on to his side, slapped the canvas in frustration, and slowly rose again, only for the 6 feet 9 inch Price to measure him again with another big right. Down went McDermott for a third time, and he appeared to have picked up referee Howard Forster’s count, but in the event he failed to beat it and was counted out.
Price called out Fury after the fight, and after this performance, the British champion may find the public clamour for their meeting difficult to resist.
‘I’m the mandatory for the British title. Tyson Fury’s the champion. He’s a fighting man, and I know he’ll fight me. Some people are saying he’ll avoid me, otherwise he’s going to look like a coward. He’s not ready to move to world level, so he should fight me’, said Price.
He now moves on to 12-0, 10 KO’s, and clearly carries a prodigious dig. As an amateur there were a couple of occasions when his chin failed him, and we won’t know his true pedigree until one of the big men in the paid ranks bangs him hard around the whiskers. McDermott, unfortunately, wasn’t able to get anywhere near doing so.