Boxing: David Price v Matt Skelton
Friday November 30
Aintree Equestrian Centre, Liverpool
Andrew Flintoff makes his boxing debut in Manchester on Friday, but it’s another Lancashire boxer who could be Britain’s next top-draw heavyweight. David Price has had a breakthrough 2012, winning the British title and scoring three knockouts in three fights.
However, his year is set to end with a dull thud rather than a bang – and that thud is likely to be Matt Skelton’s ample rear hitting the canvas. Skelton, to his credit, is still a tough, awkward old slugger who might offer stout resistance for a few rounds, but the Bedford man is 45 years old and Price has graduated beyond this level.
While the 6ft 8ins Olympic bronze-medallist is in spectacular form, there’s truth in Tyson Fury’s words (in this very magazine - scroll back a few pages) that the likes of Skelton are a level below his own weekend opponent, American Kevin Johnson (who once took Vitali Klitschko the full 12 rounds).
Price should showcase his ramrod jab and dynamite right hand, hopefully setting himself up for bigger challenges in 2013. A mouthwatering grudge match with his old amateur rival Fury would fit the bill nicely.