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boxing barlow

Skelton is well finished and this is a total mismatch. To be fair to Selton he was able to give most fighters a hard time going back a few years and for someone coming into the sport like he did he achieved a lot in getting a world title shot, giving the champ a heard night, then grabbing the euro title. But the writing was on the wall when he got knocked out by Rogan, and he’s looked worse and worse in every fight since.

Posted October 24, 2012 8:41 am 


svdc – Price wasted a few years with tv deals falling through. I believe he was with Adam Booth for a while and barely fought, then had a tv deal with Setanta, who went bust, and then his last promoter lost his tv contract with Sky. There’s an article on this in the latest Boxing Monthly where Price explains what happened. At least he seems to be fighting more often now.

Posted October 24, 2012 7:26 am 


fight aficionado – for me the question is: howcome he only has 14 fights being almost 30?

Posted October 24, 2012 6:56 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

The truth of the matter is that Price wants the Lonsdale belt out-right & the only way he can get it is by fighting who the BBBofC nominate.

Posted October 24, 2012 5:14 am 

Fight Aficionado

Price has only had 14 pro bouts. His level of comp is solid for this stage of his career. Better to call out these other prospects like Wilder and Rodriguez.

Posted October 23, 2012 8:43 pm 


Wilder-Price who is more chinny? who gets tagged first?

Posted October 23, 2012 11:23 am 


He needs sterner tests
I still think fury beats price
at moment in time

Posted October 23, 2012 10:52 am 


Agree with a lot of posters here, shame on Price for taking this fight. Skelton is well passed his prime at 45, and is tailor made for someone like Price. What on earth will Price prove with this fight? That he can beat worn out and battered 40+ year olds pretty handily? Well done! So can my nan!
He would have been better served going up against Chisora if he wanted to take on a pressure fighter and get some rounds under his belt, at least he could guage himself against fellow oppostion then.
Or is he another one taking the easy route, following in David Haye’s footsteps of fighting 40 year old stiffs, while basking in his own adulation? There are infinitely better match-ups to made than this, and I for one, wont pay to watch this shambles.

Posted October 23, 2012 9:35 am 


As much as I like Skelton (no one can deny he gives it everything in every fight), he is way way past his prime – and this is not a good match up. If Price is on his toes, he should end this one in the early to middle rounds (and thats only because Skelton has a decent chin). Hardly the sort of fight to get Price noticed and move him up the rankings….and certainly not a fight worth paying a subscription to Boxnation (or however it is)

Posted October 23, 2012 8:19 am 


Price is nearly 30 and he has not fought a warm body yet. Shocking hype job for a nice guy

Posted October 23, 2012 6:02 am 


As soon as Price takes a big punch on the button… It’s a question of who from this viewpoint. Won’t be Skelton.

Posted October 23, 2012 4:28 am 


I understand Price has only had 14 or so fights but Skelton, really?? We all got very bored years ago with the whole Harrison/Williams/Skelton/Sprott merry-go-round. I really can’t be doing with Skelton getting another opportunity like this. I know he has experience of sorts but he was never a high-achiever and surely Price’s people could find him competative, learning fights against other young heavyweights, couldn’t they?!?!

Posted October 23, 2012 4:24 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

If it is a 1st round farce then price should be back in the ring by January at the latest. I hope Malloney has it covered.

Posted October 23, 2012 3:28 am 

Mike Dino

I fully understand that Price is inexperienced and needs to remain active, but Skelton was never any good and is completely shot. Pointless fight and another first round blitz.

Posted October 23, 2012 12:01 am 

Price v Skeleton

Skeleton can’t take a solar plexus shot,Barry McGuigan.

Posted October 22, 2012 11:42 pm 

Price v Skeleton

Skeleton has no guts.

Posted October 22, 2012 11:37 pm 


Apparently, team Price has finally realized they have to get David in the ring more often to build up his empty resume at 29. The choice of Skelton looks like a ruch job for a bigger opponent.

Posted October 22, 2012 9:52 pm 


Price needs to just blast Skelton into retirement and then really step up. He’s 29 and can’t waste his career knocking off has-beens until the Klitschkos go away. I mean it’s possible Wlad could be around another five years and it would make him look like no more a ducking punk than Povetkin. It’s time to get Fury, Pulev, Wilder, or Mitchell in there for a fight that leads to a title fight.

Posted October 22, 2012 8:56 pm 

Beer party aka Unbiased Dane

Popkins: What does Vitali´s opponents have to do with Prices ? Adamek and Solis are still levels above a 40 year old Harrison and a 45 year old Skelton. Why not look at how many fights Vitali had in the first 3½ year of his career compared to that of Price ?. The Klitschko´s, Lennox, Tyson, Foreman, Ali all the great champions went true a lot of fights in the first 3 years of their career, at this point its strange why Price is wasting his time on the likes of Harrison and Skelton.

Posted October 22, 2012 7:48 pm 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

Price vs that lanky chinless wonder Wilder or Seth ”I was a punch away from Bolivian against Chaz Witherspoons” Mitchell? lol. Price would steamroller both of them inside a round or two. lol.

Posted October 22, 2012 6:02 pm 


In all fairness to Price, soon he’ll have wiped the floor with both Harrison and Skelton in the space of 2 months – in his 14th and 15th fights. Now at the elite level, in the last 2 years, Vitali has beaten Manuel Charr (?), a guy with only 15 wins – Chisora, a former light heavy/cruiser in Adamek, a slightly overweight Solis, a shell of an old man in Briggs, and Alber Sosnowski (?!)….Vitali has been widely regarded as the best heavyweight since Lewis and has over 40 fights, and look at his opposition over the last 2 years. Exactly. Price has had 14 fights – the guy’s progressing pretty damn well.

Posted October 22, 2012 3:53 pm 


I have a better idea… Why not match Matt Skelton against Sherman Williams and David Price vs Robert Helenius??? … Oh yeah, I know why. That matchup already occurred to every fan out there. Hmmm…

Posted October 22, 2012 3:25 pm 


I love Price, but I wanted to see him face Fury, Boytsov, Wilder etc. anybody but skelton

Posted October 22, 2012 3:22 pm 


What is bombing out grandad Skelton going to prove or improve? Price’s team know something we suspect-no chin. Mugging old has beens proves nothing, this is boxing not beat a pensioner.

Posted October 22, 2012 3:15 pm 


People may think Price is getting too much hype. But c’mon guys, in the last 10 years, outside of the Ring Champs (Lewis, Vitali and Wlad), Price is the best looking talent the heavyweight division has seen. After a string of podgy guys like Solis, Arreola, Peter, etc etc, little guys like Haye, Byrd, Adamek and Toney, and oldies like Ruiz, Rahman, Briggs etc etc…’s good to finally have an athletic, big, undefeated guy at Heavy who has a decent punch…a bit of hope at last.

Posted October 22, 2012 2:00 pm 


Skelton is a durable opponent. His boxing age isn’t as old as his actual age. Glad Price is keeping busy too. Skelton is about right for him at the mo. I’m sure his management will soon step things up for him – it’s only the guy’s 15th fight!

Posted October 22, 2012 1:52 pm 


The only decent thing about this fight is Price isnt wasteing much time getting back into the ring.But having said that Price needs a nice step-up after this.I would like to see him moved abit faster myself but I belive Price does have good skills and his power is real.His future should be bright but hes getting to the light at a snails pace.

Posted October 22, 2012 1:33 pm 


I’m all for modern day boxers to fight more frequently so I was glad to see Price getting back into the ring so swiftly however I’m not sure fighting Skelton will learn him much. However if David makes sure Matt Skelton retires after this then he will have done his country a tremendous service – indeed we may see his name in the New Year’s Honours list!

Posted October 22, 2012 1:29 pm 

St. George

Mick, that’s true, its funny how a lot of Americans like trashing Price because he’s a brit and brits like doing the same to Wilder as retaliation but these two have a lot more in common than not. But I still think the parallel I drew between Foreman and price and wilder is very apparent, a string of quick + explosive kos and not much experience being gained in the ring. Although these two get so much criticism for not facing quality opposition I have to say its ironic that it can’t be denied they’ve been getting top notch sparring so far

Posted October 22, 2012 1:20 pm 


“Sent shockwaves through the heavyweight division”…what? That’s your assessment of Prices KO of Fraudley? FFS! Hype is one thing but BS is something else entirely. Harrison and then Skelton? Yeah, all these opponents show is that Price is still domestic level. Only when he fights someone who is actually breathing at international standard will I look at him seriously. Until then he is just another over-hyped Pom.

Posted October 22, 2012 12:25 pm 

Neil (pomy)

Now thats true …. the human mud-slide might make it very uncomfortable for Price

Posted October 22, 2012 12:22 pm 


Opportunity to learn how to deal with rough dirty tactics for Price.

Posted October 22, 2012 12:03 pm 

Neil (pomy)

Wilder is the most hyped heavyweight for a long time. HE could be pretty decent, but all these hand-picked opponents are harming his reputation.

Posted October 22, 2012 11:50 am 

Neil (pomy)

Hype – Price is no more famous in Britain than Wilder is in the states. Price is not a house-hold name and the vast majority of Brits do not know who he is ……. Now Price is recieving abit of premature haype – I cant deny that ….. but Wilder’s hype is on another level. 25-odd fights against complete hand-picked muppets ….. Price has only had 14 fights and is already taking on better opponents …. and Price’s opponents need to improve … so what does that say about Wilder.

Posted October 22, 2012 11:49 am 


Price is getting waay too much hype and it’s because the British public are happy to buy it. If the U.S wanted to they could do the same thing with Wilder. I mean if hyped enoughlots of people watching Deontay would say ‘he’s the future.’ Davids got a helluva right hand but I wanna see his chin cracked by Arreola or someone. I think he will turn out to have a good chin but would hardly die of shock if Arreola or Peter left him flat out in 3 rounds. Though imagine everyone in the UK would have a heart attack.

Posted October 22, 2012 11:45 am 

Bill Patrice Jones

We need to see Price take a big shot from a heavyweight who can genuinely punch before we can possibly gage whether he’s capable of beating a Klitschko brother, or even taking the vacated titles in their absence. There are a whole host of excellent fights you could make with Price. In an ideal world I’d match him as follows: 1./ U.S debut against Travis Walker to showcase his punch power 2./ Huge U.K grudgematch with Tyson Fury. This fight has to happen for lots of reasons. 3./ Massive U.K main event against Samuel Peter in a sell out arena. Front up good enough challenger money to Peter’s people and that would be the true test for Price. 4./ Another U.S matchup against Eddie Chambers (providing he’s not dropped to cruiserweight), this would be a really good test for Price. If Price isn’t better by this fight he will have massive problems with the elusive Philly slickster. 5./ WBC eliminator with Odlanier Solis, the winner either picking up the WBC belt, or getting the vacated title. Couldn’t possibly be any doubting Price if he won those 5 fights could there??

Posted October 22, 2012 11:39 am 



Posted October 22, 2012 11:35 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

Scotsman: It’s nice to see your man Gary Cornish getting a few fights under his belt, but he’s not exactlly getting stretched is he?

Posted October 22, 2012 11:31 am 

Bill Patrice Jones

This is a really awful matchup for three reasons: Number 1 beating Skelton means NOTHING and is a completely meaningless step sideways for someone we want to get really excited about right now, Number 2 Skelton can only do one thing which is make you look bad and when your trying to hype up a fighter as the new heavyweight hope you want him in fights which are good spectacles for casual fight fans. Non boxing fans will look at this from afar and laugh with the customary ‘what happened to the heavyweights’ comment. Number 3 Matt Skelton should have been banned from any high profile fights a long time ago. He’s just plain awful.

Posted October 22, 2012 11:29 am 

Neil (pomy)

Price is 29, has not boxed many rounds this year, has been poorly matched-up ….. he needs to get a move on and to finally get a legitimate test.

Posted October 22, 2012 11:28 am 


There is a thin line between the fake and the real.And through all the hype I can still see through Price`s glass chin.They are trying to protect him but he needs to fight credible opponents besides aging , faded boxers. The first time Price climbs in the ring with a A-level banger that can punch his boxing career is over.He would be better off acting.Maybe he can don a costume and play Darth Vader in the next Stars Wars movie because I see trouble ahead for Price and Wack Fury when they finally get around to stepping up in competition.

Posted October 22, 2012 10:33 am 


He’s starting to fight the type of guys that Povo defends his “title” against.

Posted October 22, 2012 9:22 am 


I hope Skelton knocks Price out for wasting everybody’s time.

Posted October 22, 2012 9:21 am 

right hook to the body

this is just pure garbage skelton, danny willams .Julius Francis,micheal sprott are all bums this is what british boxing turn into bums of the month

Posted October 22, 2012 9:03 am 

The Kingslayer

I’ll be honest I didn’t even know Skelton was still active.

Posted October 22, 2012 9:02 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

St George: Ali was 32 when dismantled Foreman. I well remember Harry Carpenter making a big thing about it.

Posted October 22, 2012 8:31 am 


@curtley. I disagree. When you put things in context you will see that Wlad, when he had Pricehis age, had already had 40 fight, and was fighting at the top. When Wlad had his 14th fight, he was a few yrs younger then Price and has been pro for 1.5-2yrs max. and he was fighting around 10 times/year. It’s uncomparable. Price is wasting valuable time. THe only good thing is the Skelton fight is in the near future, not 5 months into 2012

Posted October 22, 2012 8:27 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

At 29 Price needs to get his skates on. he could do with 6 fights in 6 months in Canada & the USA. yes it would be a bum of the month campaign, but highly profitable both financially & experiance/exposure wise.

Posted October 22, 2012 8:09 am 

St. George

Both Price and Wilder remind me of a young Foreman and how he was flattening everyone in his path in a round or 2 until he got outsmarted by young Ali who was fast, slick, slippery with an incredible chin and stamina and determination. Now until these two hardest hitting superheavies at the moment meet someone like that it will be safe to assume they will continue to embarrassingly flatten opponents in a round or 2.

Posted October 22, 2012 8:07 am 


I think that after 14 fights Skelton is a good opponent after 14 fights Wlad was fighting a Jerry Halstead and he was an olympic gold medalist so when put into context is a good fight.

Posted October 22, 2012 7:48 am 



Posted October 22, 2012 7:48 am 

Neil (pomy)

Price needs rounds, he needs better match-making …. what he doesnt need is excessive hype.

Posted October 22, 2012 7:32 am 

Neil (pomy)

Yeah there were no “shockwaves” … stop hyping the performance up. It was a good win against a 40-year-old domestic level fighter …… if Audley was a contender, or even a fringe contender, then there could of been “shockwaves”.

Posted October 22, 2012 7:30 am 


Stunning? Shockwaves? LMFAO!

Posted October 22, 2012 7:23 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

Should be another easy notch on the Lonsdale belt for Price. However having said that he’s still a work in progress. Get this one outta the way & maybe he should take a few fights abroad if a Fury fight doesn’t materialize. If Fury was to capture the EBU title then a Price/Fury fight with a 50% split would sell massivelly with British, European & Commonwealth titles on the line. I’ve heard that the winner of Richard Towers & Lucas Browne is next in line for Price though, so time will tell.

Posted October 22, 2012 7:22 am 


Beat me to it. Shockwaves. No, just NO. ROFL

Posted October 22, 2012 7:16 am 

Neil (pomy)

I hope Dabvid Price isnt a hype-job. Time to put him in with somebody that isnt the wrong side of 40. Right now he is being very carefully managed and it is time to stop puppy-feeding him with hand-picked opponents. Skelton should do better than Audley did …. but he needs a test.

Posted October 22, 2012 7:08 am 

Swedish Boxing Fan

David Price’s last fight was a gloryfull victory? So the 1st round KO victory over a over-rated, uninteresting and dive taking Audley Harrison send shock-waves through the heavyweight division? Seriusly Man, the author truly super hypes a fight that NO ONE was interested in exept people who just wanted to get Audley “Fraudley” Harrison knocked out early. Who cared for that fight? Very few people and most now hopes Harrsion retires for good from boxing. Sure it looks well for David Price on the paper but nothing more then that. ANNYWAY, David Price vs. former Commonwealth champion and world title challanger Matt Skelton could be a better fight even if Skelton is an old fighter now he still can bring entertainment in the ring. But I belive Skelton is there for the same reason just to get retired by Price and I must say it is better that Price does it then an unknown man does it. Still Im glad that Price keeps himself buissy in the ring and fight often becouse he will need it if he want’s to have a decent chanse later against Wladimir Klitschko if he dares to fight him.

Posted October 22, 2012 6:24 am 

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