Following Tyson Fury’s disappointing and yet rather unsurprisingly decision to vacate the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles rather than face Liverpool’s ever improving David Price for the aforementioned titles, the British Boxing Board of Control and the Commonwealth Boxing Council have announced that Norwich’s Sam Sexton has been selected to face Price for the now vacant titles later this year.
The Sexton clash will come after the United States debut of Price, who is scheduled to fight stateside next month against Frenchman Josue Blocus.
A fight against Sexton shall be the unbeaten Price’s first challenge for both the British and Commonwealth titles following his 73-second victory against Horden’s John McDermott in his home city of Liverpool in a final eliminator to challenge for the titles.
Price also holds eliminator wins over former South African Heavyweight champion Osborne Machimana and Maloney stablemate Tom Dallas on his resume, both of whom Price successfully knocked out in three rounds and two rounds respectively.
While Norwich’s Sexton, who is a former PrizeFighter and Southern Area Champion, has an opportunity not only to regain his Commonwealth title, lost to Derek Chisora in a domestic unification match for the British and Commonwealth titles in 2010, but also an opportunity win the Lonsdale belt.
Sexton first won the Commonwealth title by defeating Belfast’s Martin Rogan in Belfast on an eighth round stoppage before stopping Rogan again in six rounds in in a fight that doubled as a final eliminator for the British title back in 2009.
The Board of Control has announced that is has gone to purse bids and we wait to see who will win the bid and put on a potentially exciting crossroads fight between Sexton, looking to show he is a strong force on the domestic scene, and rising star Price.