Boxnation reported via their twitter account a few hours ago that Frank Maloney had signed an exclusive deal to showcase his stable of fighters via their channel.
Maloney had recently been a casualty in the reduction of spend by Sky television leaving, him without a platform for his emerging heavyweight star and now British Champion, David Price (13-0, 11 KO’s).
Maloney was a recent critic of Boxnation’s lord and master Frank Warren over the Haye v Chisora episode, but clearly differences have been set aside for the mutual benefit of both Price, 29, who is hotly tipped to become a future world title contender, and the channel itself which has seen a resurgence in profile, as a result of the recent ‘Licence to Thrill’ show after a number of cancelled fights left fans wondering whether it was indeed the new home of boxing.
The 6ft 8 Price will now defend the Lonsdale belt he claimed via a 4th round stoppage of Sam Sexton in May against career underachiever Audley Harrison on October 13th in a battle of former Olympians. Harrison took gold in the 2000 Sydney games, Price won a bronze medal in Beijing games in 2008.
The 40 yr old Harrison (28 – 5, 21 KOs) is surely in the last of his last chance saloon, having surprised a few with a 4th round win of his own against Ali Adams also in May.
The fight will be contested at Liverpool’s Echo arena, home turf for Merseysider Price and fans can expect the undercard to feature other local talent such as one or more of the Smith brothers (Liam, Stephen & Paul) as well as Joe Selkirk.
One fighter that is unlikely to feature though is local light heavyweight hero Tony Bellew, who is understood to be actively pursuing a split from the Warren promotional stable.
Nevertheless, fans will be keen to see Price prove he is as good as he looks and take another step toward the biggest prize. Is this where the Harrison story finally ends? Or is there just another freakish twist in the tail of his remarkable (for all the wrong reasons) career.