Live Commentary: David Price vs. Audley Harrison as it happened

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Sports Mole's live text commentary of David Price against Audley Harrison for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles in Liverpool.

Good evening fight fans and welcome to Sports Mole's live text commentary of an intriguing domestic heavyweight clash at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

Pride of Merseyside David Price defends his British and Commonwealth titles with a step up in class against the forgotten Olympian Audley Harrison.

Price has blitzed his way through a series of domestic level fighters with relative ease and looks to continue to build momentum against 'A-Force', supported by a packed home crowd.

Harrison comes into this one swimming firmly in the last chance saloon, looking to finally match his unique verbal skills to a knockout shot.

Please note that the main event is due to start at around 9.30pm


11.08pmThe world is Price's oyster after that devastating display. Thanks for joining us here at Sports Mole and be sure to check back in for live coverage of the biggest domestic and international fights.

11.06pmAnwar's majority decision win brings an end to a lively bill at the Echo Arena, headlined by a minute of mayhem from David Price. He tore through Audley Harrison in just 82 seconds to make a real statement in the heavyweight division.

11.04pmThat makes the Platinum Kid the mandatory challenger for the British title after a thoroughly efficient display.

11.03pmAnwar gets the verdict by a wide margin 117-111, 117-112, 119-111

11.02pmDale Miles deserves credit for his persistence and refusal to give in.

11.01pmThe fight goes the distance, a quality scrap fought at high pace set by an impressive performance from Anwar.

11.00pmMiles is steaming forward looking for the money shot, but Anwar has the right answers to evade his powerful opponent.

10.58pmThe 12th round starts with a slip from Anwar. The crowd cheer but there was no knockdown.

10.57pmLovely right cross from Anwar, he has landed the more effective shots for a large portion of the fight.

10.55pmAnwar has turned on the accelerator and Miles is visibly shaken for the first time in the fight.

10.54pmTwo rounds remaining on our Echo Arena bill and Dale Miles has not given this one up. Adil Anwar starts the 11th round off with a string of quality shots.

10.52pmMiles is having greater success with a sustained attempt to attack the body of his slippery opponent. Tough round to score here.

10.51pmAnwar starts the tenth with a superb flurry of shots, landing flush on the chin of Miles.

10.50pmThree rounds to go, Miles has closed the gap but surely still trails Anwar going into the closing stages.

10.48pmMiles beats his chest and is desperate to land the target, but this is a horrible clash of styles.

10.46pmThe Platinum Kid is widely ahead on the scorecards, Miles needs a stoppage to prevail in this one.

10.45pmAnwar is starting to tire slightly but still makes it through round nine unscathed.

10.44pmMiles is trying to goad Anwar into a scrap, but the former Prizefighter winner is sticking relentlessly to the gameplan.

10.41pmBack in the ring, Miles continues to stalk Adil Anwar in round seven, and after a frustrating first half of the fight he may just be back in business.

10.40pm82 seconds is the confirmed time for the first-round finish from Price. A true statement from the Scouse giant.

10.39pmPrice extended his unbeaten record to 14 fights and surely ended the professional career of Harrison in the process.

10.38pmFor any fight fans joining us wanting an update on tonight's main event, it was shortlived. David Price dismantled Audley Harrison in just 90 seconds to retain the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. A truly awesome performance.

10.35pmMiles is getting frustrated, Anwar continues to fight efficiently on the backfoot, landing counters at will.

10.34pmAnwar steps inside, finds a home for a quick combination and retreats to a safe distance to signal the end of the round. An argument to be made for 5-0 Anwar so far.

10.31pmWell into the fifth round now and again its Anwar's superior speed and footwork prevailing. Miles has consistently punched fresh air for the last three minutes.

10.28pmMiles roars back and finally lands a meaningful shot on Anwar, but he continues to be troubled by some considerable swelling over his eye.

10.27pmBack at the Echo Arena Anwar has Miles bleeding from the nose early in the fourth round, with his sharp jab continuing to find a home.

10.26pmOver at Bluewater James DeGale is trading blows in the opening round with Hadillah Mohoumadi, with the Londoner landing a string of impressive combinations.

10.25pmMiles continues to stalk his opponent and gets some joy to the body just before the third stanza closes.

10.23pmThe third round and more of the same from Anwar, low stance with plenty of movement.

10.21pmMiles wades inside and lands effectively for the first time. Anwar will need to keep this pace going for twelve rounds to implement his gameplan effectively.

10.19pmNeat and tidy again from Anwar in round two, frustrating Miles at distance with impressive footwork.

10.18pmAnwar is a slick mover, and he led Miles a merry dance in that opening round and landed a nice overhand right.

10.14pmRight here we go, Price's early demolition job on Harrison gives us a chance to watch Anwar taken on Miles in a British title eliminator.

10.11pmMiles against Anwar has the potential to steal the show here. A classic speed against power encounter. Stay with us for all the action!

10.05pmStick with us here at Sports Mole for all the reaction and a British title eliminator between Adil Anwar and Dale Miles. We will also keep an eye on James DeGale's return to action at Bluewater.

10.04pmFury relinquished the British title to avoid a mandatory defence against Price at the start of this year, so don't expect to see that clash any time soon.

10.03pmNames such as Matt Skelton has been mentioned, but Price looks beyond that level after just 14 fights.

10.02pm"It means the world to me that people would spend their wages on me. I'm a proud Scouser and their support honestly means the world."

10.01pmMaloney: "If Tyson Fury stops being a coward, writing on Twitter, then we can get that fight on no problem. There's half a million on the table, its the fight people want to see."

10.00pm"I don't think anyone would jump at the chance to fight me, because of the power I possess."

9.59pmPrice: "The finish was at good as it could have been, I probably need a few more rounds, but that shot would have knocked out anyone in the world."

9.58pmTime to hear from David Price and Frank Maloney!

9.57pmThe replays show a straight right hand sent Audley back on the ropes, and Price followed up with a series of savage shots to force an early stoppage.

9.55pmAudley is back on his feet for the official decision, that is good to see. Just to confirm. Just to confirm, Price retains his British and Commonwealth titles in just 90 seconds.

9.54pmFor all those who backed Price in round one at 10/1, which includes myself, congratulations.

9.53pmIn fairness to Audley, there was no chance to respond from a ferocious barrage of that nature. Price means business.

9.52pmPrice was just relentless when he sensed Harrison was under pressure and his power rendered the referee's stoppage academic.

9.51pmHarrison is still down and there is genuine concern in the ring. Price threatened an early knockout, but that was brutality of the highest order.

KNOCKOUTIt's all over, a huge shot sees Harrison crash to the canvas. Short, sweet and absolutely devastating.

Round OnePrice sticks out a jab of his own and follows up with a huge barrage of shots to the body.

Round OneHarrison tries to establish that southpaw jab instantly, keeping Price at a comfortable range.

Round OneHere we go, the bell sounds for the opening round.

9.47pmIt really is hard to believe David Price has just 13 fights to his name as he squares up to Harrison for the referee's final words.

9.46pm'A Force' gets his intro and his once again loudly booed by the crowd. Can he use that as motivation to pull off a massive upset?

9.44pmTime for the introductions, Price looks like a man possessed as he finally enters the ring after lapping up the applause of his home crowd.

9.43pmUnsurprisingly this one really has the crowd's backing. Superb atmosphere at the Echo Arena, they are ready to see a show!

Price is in the building!David Price makes his way to the ring to the Liverpool anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.

9.41pmHarrison seems unfazed, and thankfully goes for a change in music from the 'In The Air Tonight' used in the Haye defeat. He looks calm and composed.

Here Comes HarrisonAnd A-Force makes his way to the ring, drowned out by a chorus of 'Who Are Ya' by 9,000 Liverpudlians.

9.38pmAn interested onlooker tonight is David Haye, who has just taken to Twitter to share his thoughts. The Hayemaker tweeted :"Lookin forward to the imminent showdown between Price & Harrison. Its also very refreshing to see in shape British heavyweights. #NoChips

9.36pmLooks like we are set to go at the Echo Arena, Craig Stephens is in position and the two fighters will make their way to the ring shortly.

9.35pmInterestingly this will be a rare occasion in Audley's long career where he is forced to look up at an opponent. Jab and move at distance will not be an option for 'A-Force' in this one.

9.33pmHarrison can be backed at around 6/1 for a win, and with good reason. The 40-year-old is a huge underdog and needs a strong performance here to keep his professional career alive.

9.31pmPrice has a chance to make a real statement in just a few minutes time, with the much-derided Harrison representing without question his biggest opponent to date.

9.29pmThe atmosphere is building at the Echo Arena, with a crowd expected of just under 9,000 fans. Pressure on for Price, with a raucous home following to keep happy.

9.27pmA disappointing match in the undercard, but not to worry, next up is the main event. Merseyside mountain David Price takes on Audley Harrison in a domestic dust-up for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.

9.25pmJohn Lewis Dickinson gets the nod in a wide unanimous decision, with the judges scorecards reading 118-110, 118-110, 117-111. He is the new British Cruiserweight champion.

9.24pmDecision time in the ring, let's hear the judges verdict.

9.23pmAnd there is the final bell, for the action in the ring at least.

9.22pmThe attention of a near 8,000 crowd has been taken by a scrap in the stands.

9.21pmFinal round now and both men have tired considerably. McPhilbin needs to go for broke but does not have the energy to sustain a fightback.

9.18pmMcPhilbin has tried to pick up the pace, but in truth his work has been cumbersome throughout. Dickinson has used an effective gameplan to land the better quality shots.

9.16pmPenultimate round now of McPhilbin against Dickinson for the vacant British Cruiserweight crown, with McPhilbin needing a drastic turnaround to avoid a defeat on points.

9.14pmEarlier tonight Kevin Satchell captured the British and Commonwealth Flyweight belts with an impressive stoppage of veteran Chris Edwards in six rounds.

9.12pmIn undercard news, we are in round 10 of a British cruiserweight title fight between Shane McPhilbin and Jon Lewis Dickinson. McPhilbin is definitely trailing on points in a scrappy affair.

9.10pmTo keep you updated we are expectping both fighters to begin their ringwalks at around 9.30pm. Wonder if we can expect to see a 'KEEP STONEBRIDGE ADVERNTURE PLAYGROUND OPEN' t-shirt tonight. Highly unlikely.

9.08pmThe Liverpudlian's connection with the Red half of Merseyside has been a feature of the pre-fight coverage, with Anfield skipper Jamie Carragher at ringside at the Echo Arena tonight.

9.06pmWithout any hint of sarcasm, a quick win for Price tonight could have him back in action against Matt Skelton in December. The 45-year-old Bedford Bear was on the undercard earlier tonight, winning inside two rounds.

9.03pmPromoter Frank Maloney has struggled to find Price the right quality of opponent, with a much talked about clash with Tyson Fury evaporating earlier this year.

9.01pmPrice has not had to go past round four in his last three fights, with the smart money backing a repeat performance in around 30 minutes time.

8.59pmThe main focus of Harrison's interviews this time has been, wait for it, redemption. He wants to be remembered for more than a humiliation at the hands of David Haye. Tonight gives the Sydney Gold Medalist the perfect opportunity.

8.57pmThe pre-fight build up has given Audley a chance to produce his unique brand of rhetoric once more. He could teach spin doctors over in Westminster a thing or two about building a story, thats for sure.

8.55pmDespite having just 13 professional fights under his belt, Price has built a cult following in his native Liverpool thanks to series of concussive knockouts.

8.53pmHarrison has only had one fight since his infamous performance against David Haye back in November 2010. That came with a stoppage win over Ali Adams in Brentwood earlier this year.

8.51pmThe Merseyside man mountain has destroyed a series of opponents at domestic level, including his last victim Sam Sexton in May.

8.50pmFor all Audley's shortcomings, this fight represents a genuine improvement in class and stature of opponent for the ever-improving Price.

8.48pmIn under an hour we will have all the action as David Price defends his British and Commonwealth titles against Audley Harrison.

8.46pmHello boxing fans, thanks for joining me as we build towards tonight's heavyweight offering from Liverpool.


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