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Price can show what he's worth on Saturday night, says Jim

Jim Watt Posted 17th May 2012 view comments

David Price takes on Sam Sexton for the vacant British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on Saturday night live on Sky Sports - and I've got high hopes for the Olympic bronze medal winner.

We're in the age of the huge heavyweights who can throw long punches and knock people out with one punch and Price can certainly do all those things.

Tyson Fury is probably top of the pile of British heavyweights when you look at results, mainly because of his victory over Dereck Chisora. However, Chisora has probably impressed the most when it comes to performances - although he has let himself down outside the ring.

Price: Has all the attributes to go a long way

Price: Has all the attributes to go a long way

But when it comes to potential you have to say big David Price is the one we are looking to.

Of those three fighters Price is the only one who's not had the chance to prove himself yet. We thought his last bout, against John McDermott, would be his opportunity to show he could grind out a result and show he's got the stuff inside him that's required but instead he caught McDermott with a peach in the first round.

I don't see any reason why David Price can't be huge. He's technically good enough and the future is bright for him. He's the one with the best potential of all the British heavyweights.

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That was a tremendous result for Price - and far more impressive than what Fury managed against the same opponent - but it didn't really answer those questions. We need to see him fight and it would be good to see Sexton pull him into the trenches on Saturday and test him.

I think Sexton is good enough to do that and if Price prevails, as I expect him to, then that will be another box ticked. And he's certainly ticking most of the boxes at the moment. For instance he took a good shot from McDermott before knocking him out, and a tough chin is always important in the heavyweight division, where you're taking punches from 18 stone men.

I don't see any reason why Price can't be huge. He's technically good enough to beat Fury and Chisora - whenever Chisora gets his licence back - so I think everything is bright for him and I feel he's the one with the best potential of all the British heavyweights.

Issues

His opponent on Saturday night, Sam Sexton, has fought just three times in the past three years, including a defeat to Chisora in 2010. I don't know the reasons why he hasn't been more active - although he has had injury problems and issues in his private life - but this is a fight that could propel him forward. He is after all only 27. But if he loses it could be difficult for him to come back at any serious level again, so this is a big night for him too.

It's a tough fight for Price but everyone is expecting him to win. If Sexton produced something sensational and blasted him out people would talk about his chin but I don't see it happening.

Price has a good amateur pedigree, he's tall and uses all his physical attributes well and he's getting better, which is the important thing at this stage. It'd be a shock and a huge setback if he were to lose, but I don't see it happening.

I think he'll hit Sexton too often, Sexton won't get close enough to make an impression and Price will win inside the distance.

From there, I'm not sure where he goes next. Chisora would have been a great next opponent, but with the situation he's in that's not going to happen. It would be great to see him fight Fury as well, but that doesn't look likely either.

Politics is a real problem in boxing at the moment. Usually when a board orders a defence it takes place. Instead Fury just gave up his titles rather than face Price.

Maybe Price's camp should think about some Americans who still have a name, fought for a world title a few years ago and carry a little bit of danger. I wouldn't like to see them start bringing over Eastern Europeans who he's going to blast out in one round - there's no point in that.

We don't know how long the Klitschkos are going to be around for but if we expect them to be here for the next couple of years then that's who you need to be preparing for.

It's all there for David Price and I hope it goes for him.

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