Portugal refreshes Price ahead of Skelton clash

editorial image

David Price reckons has Portugal training camp has got him in the mood to hammer Matt Skelton.

The undefeated Liverpool boxer makes the second defence of his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against Bedford Bear Skelton at Aintree Equestrian Centre on Friday.

Since beating Audley Harrison in 82 seconds last month, Price has been preparing at promoter Frank Maloney’s training camp in the Algarve.

Price, 29, said: “I went to Portugal because the fight was so soon after the Audley Harrison bout.

“I needed a change of scenery because I was going straight back into camp. It has been refreshing and exactly what I needed.

“I have had some good sparring with Danny Price and John McDermott. I am more or less there and ready to do a number on Skelton.

“I only had a week off after the last fight so it was a case of maintaining what I had already done in the gym in the weeks previously.”

So far this year Price beaten John McDermott, Sam Sexton and Harrison with his three victims lasting just 13 minutes and 42 seconds between them – but Price still needs a break.

He explained: “I have trained for four 12-round fights this year which is good because I have been busy.

“Although the first three fights haven’t gone the distance the training camp takes it out of you and I will welcome a month off over Christmas.”

There is a top class undercard including Darren Hamilton’s British light-welterweight title defence against local boxer Steve Williams.

Other boxers in action include Joe Selkirk, Danny Price, Tony Dodson, Mike Stafford, Andy Colquahoun, Wayne Adeniyi, Neil Perkins and Tommy Carrus.

Tickets for the bill are priced £40, £60, £90, £190 VIP including four-course Christmas meal and are available from www.frankmaloney.com and on 08448 000410.

The card will be screened live on BoxNation (Sky 437/Virgin546). You can join at www.boxnation.com.