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David Price knocks out Skelton

David Price knocked out Matt Skelton in the second round to retain his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on Friday night.

The 45-year-old Skelton went down from a left to the body after taking a few solid rights in the opening rounds of the bout in Liverpool.

By making no effort to continue, he immediately confirmed fears that the bout at the Aintree Equestrian Centre would be a mismatch.

The fight, if one could call it that, was over with four seconds of the second round remaking, pushing the unbeaten 29-year-old champion’s record to 13 knockouts in 15 fights.

Price, towering over the man from Bedford, gave his hometown supporters something to celebrate but they did not get much action for their money. Price, who won an Olympic Games bronze medal in 2008, will have to take on credible opponents to show off his talent.

The Liverpool hero won the vacant titles in May this year when he knocked out Sam Sexton in the fourth round. He retained it with a first-round knockout of Audley Harrison on October 13.

Skelton also offered little resistance, his record dropping to 28-7, with 23 knockouts, and his status to zero.

The former British, Commonwealth and European champion, who challenged Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight title in January 2008, has several good reasons to retire immediately.

One is that he should not take more punishment in the ring. Boxing is not good for his health. Others are that spectators and promoters are not going to show much interest in him after his latest performance.


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