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Price Defends Titles in Style

David Price and Audley Harrison trade blows during The British Heavyweight and Commonwealth Titles Fight in Liverpool Photo: PA

David Price retained his British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles with a brutal first-round knockout of Audley Harrison.

After rocking Harrison with his first real punch, he bombarded the Olympic Gold Medallist with a succession of heavy hits, pinning him to the ropes before sending him to the canvas.

"I shocked myself again really with the power in my punches," said Price.

"I didn't expect to do that to Audley Harrison so quickly. If anything I thought I'd break him down over a period of time and get to him after a good few rounds. I think once I smelt blood I knew I could finish the job and that's what I've done, I took him out.

"I'm just pleased he's all right. As I said before, I've got a lot of respect for Audley despite the bad name he's got for himself. He'll always have my respect for what he did in the Olympics and I'm just pleased he's okay."

The fight lasted just 82 seconds and is likely to end Harrison's less than illustrious career. His last appearance in the north west saw him beaten inside three rounds by David Haye at the Manchester Arena, with Harrison landing just one punch.

By contrast, Price's career is flourishing. Hotly tipped to become Britain's next heavyweight world champion, he'll continue his steady progress with a fight against the man who used to own the belts Price now wears. Though 45-year-old Matt Skelton is unlikely to regain his crown when the pair go head to head on December 8th.

More testing opponents will come in 2013 when Price is expected to make the step up to European level.

David Price and Audley Harrison react after The British Heavyweight and Commonwealth Titles Fight in Liverpool. Credit: PA

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