The Echo Arena in Liverpool provides the backdrop for this weekend’s heavyweight boxing action as local legend David Price puts his reputation, and Lonsdale title, on the line against California based Londoner Audley Harrison (10pm BST, Saturday, Oct 13).
The 29-year-old orthodox banger Price, nicknamed ‘Power Ranger,’ is yet to taste defeat in his 13-fight career. Since recording a third round TKO debut victory over Morecambe’s David Ingleby, also at the Echo Area, he has racked up a further 10 wins inside the distance.
In fact, none of Price’s last seven outings have progressed beyond the seventh round, which is testament to the devastating power he carries in both hands. Respected former Commonwealth champ Sam Sexton fell after four one-sided rounds, forcing bookmakers to keep the 6ft 8inch fighter, guided by manager Frank Maloney, firmly on side.
Punters looking to back Price to extend his unbeaten run will find him offered no bigger than 1/8 (Betfred). There’s little to get excited about in the KO/TKO market either, with 1/4 available across the board.
It may be hard to believe but Audley ‘A-Force’ Harrison is still involved in the sport of boxing, and still, somehow, getting himself in the title picture. The first British boxer to win an Olympic gold medal promised much when signing professional terms in 2001, but he failed to live up to expectations. Defeats at the fists of Danny Williams, Dominick Guinn, Michael Sprott, Martin Rogan and David Haye meant he would never realise his dream of becoming heavyweight champion of the world.
The one-sided nature of his loss to David Haye, halted after three rounds by referee Luis Pabon at the MEN Arena for his own safety, sealed the 40-year-old’s fate as an underachiever of the game. Such a dreadful display is credited with hammering the final coffin nail into the pay-per-view boxing platform in this country.
What cannot be forgotten however is the power Big Aud carries in his left hand. The southpaw Prizefighter winner shocked everyone when knocking Michael Sprott out cold in the last round of their 2010 European title scrap, despite being behind on the judges’ scorecards.
One thing is for certain, if you take your eye off Harrison, and he is in the mood, he will deliver a left hook that could derail an express train. Odds compilers aren’t losing any sleep here though and chalk a shock win up at 6/1 (Bet365). Audley to record what would be his 22nd career KO win is 8/1 (BetVictor), while a points verdict is best-priced at 22/1 (Ladbrokes).
David Price has all the tools to rule the heavyweight division one day. He wouldn’t dethrone a Klitschko, in my opinion, but when the brothers retire, he is the natural choice to take their place. We have to remember that, after only 13 bouts, he still has a lot of learning to do, but can box and bang and Audley Harrison will finish this fight as nothing more than a mere statistic.
The home town fighter won’t have it all his own way and will take a round or two to work out his opponent’s tricky southpaw style, but when he finds his range, there is only one winner. The perfect punch to throw at a southpaw is the right hand, and with Price carrying dynamite in that shot, the KO looks to be the most likely outcome to me.
Price v Harrison Betting Tips Verdict
With Price having a reputation for getting opponents out of there early, and Harrison carrying two stoppage defeats into this one, the 5/6 from SkyBet about the champion winning in rounds 1-6 seems like a worthwhile investment. With Harrison’s power in mind, you may want to cover yourself by backing either fighter to win inside the first half-dozen rounds at 4/6 (SkyBet).
Value hunters may be interested to know that each of Harrison’s two KO defeats, to Haye and Sprott, have come in the third round, while Price has halted two men in the third round also. Price to win in rounds 1-3 is 5/2 with Ladbrokes. Backing the third round on its own is 8/1 (Blue Square or Betfred). The fight to last less than 4.5 rounds is 7/5 (Ladbrokes).
- What I advise is that you back David Price to win in rounds 1-6 @ 5/6 with SkyBet.