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David Price wishes Osborne Machimana had put up more of a fight

by Philip Kirkbride, Liverpool Echo


DAVID PRICE wished Osborne Machimana had put up more of a fight after dispatching the South African with ease.


The Liverpool heavyweight extended his unbeaten profess-ional record to 9-0 with a third round stoppage win on Saturday in an official eliminator for a shot at the Commonwealth title.


However, after flooring Machimana twice and forcing a standing count before referee Marcus McDonnell waved the contest off, Price says a fight with champion Dereck Chisora is unlikely to happen anytime soon as he plots an alternative route to the top.


Chisora is preparing for this April showdown with world champion Wladimir Klitschko, so eager to press ahead Price has pencilled in a 10th professional outing next month, likely to be over eight rounds.



The Beijing Olympic medallist was satisfied with his dismantling job on Machimana, who now moves to 18-7-1, after two minutes 53 seconds of the third session and believes his efforts in training are finally bearing fruit in competitive action.


But Price, weighing in at 17st7lbs, was left largely untested by the man nicknamed ‘Big Daddy’ and continues to be frustrated in his efforts to find a challenging contest.


“I was happy with my performance,” said the 6’8” man. “But I expected more of my opponent to be honest.


“When I was offered the fight we sat down and talked about it but said we’d take it even though it was a risk so to speak because he was going to be the most experienced fighter I’d faced and it was potentially over 10 rounds. But we wanted to go for it.


“However he turned up a bit out of shape but I didn’t let him in the fight at all. I put it on him and felt good on Saturday night.


“I’m improving with every performance and things we’re working on in the gym are starting to come off in the ring.


“A left hook caught him on the temple in the first round and put him down.


“But I’m glad he got up because if he hadn’t then the fight would’ve been a bit of a farce.


“He carried on but I landed a peach of an uppercut which had him down again before I finished it with a right hook.


“I was trying to throw a variation of punches and dominated with the jab. My right hand felt strong as well.”


Price will however take a significant step up in class at the start of March when he flies to Germany for a two week sparring camp with world title challenger Odlanier Solis.



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