David Price made light work of the heavy-set John McDermott on Saturday. In a bout which resembled the type of video nasty available on YouTube (local tough picks fight which trained fist-fighter) McDermott entered the Olympia in Liverpool with a roar and went out with a whimper, chastened by a series of right hands which had him standing sideways three times and rendered him a beaten man within 73 seconds.
McDermott rounded on Price at the bell and tossed a hopelessly optimistic overhead right at his taller foe, a punch which would bring about the beginning of the end only seconds later. As he tried it again, hurling aimlessly with his head down as though in a pillow rather than a prize fight, Price met him with a short counter uppercut that dumped McDermott onto his backside.
After a standing eight count, the pair engaged in a brief skirmish, one which culminated with a clubbing right from Price that landed behind the long shot’s left ear and had him rolling around on the canvas once more. Up again and clear-eyed, McDermott invited referee Howard Foster to pull him out by means of a juddering quickstep, a dance he’d had success with once before in his rerun with Tyson Fury.
No such luck here, though. Foster waved them together again, tempting Price to unleash his old faithful, a textbook one-two which flattened McDermott for a third time. The Horndon man wisely elected to sit out the count, rising at the point it reached 10 and holding out his arms in the most unenthusiastic of protests. Or perhaps he was just looking for a cuddle?
It was a fine win for Price, yet the Merseyside climber desperately needs rounds in order to progress. Social networking forum Twitter exploded in the aftermath with Price’s key rival, Tyson Fury, the main focus. Many shared the opinion that Price would perform a similar demolition on his more celebrated domestic rival; however, say what you will about the garrulous traveller with the questionable technique, the man exhibits character under fire. We still don’t know how Price will respond when he, too, faces retaliation. In that regard, a fight with Fury would be perfect.
Price rolls on to 12-0 (10) while McDermott, tastes his eighth defeat in 34.