Daniel Gregory’s column: Price shows brutality in the ring and class outside it in face of furious Twitter attack

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How can anyone be anything but impressed by Liverpool heavyweight David Price?

I travelled to Liverpool’s Echo Arena to watch his first round demolition of 41-year-old Audley Harrison as part of my job covering Scarborough cruiserweight Danny Price.

David Price enters the arena prior to  The British Heavyweight and Commonwealth Titles Fight with Audley Harrison at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 13, 2012. See PA Story BOXING Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

David Price enters the arena prior to The British Heavyweight and Commonwealth Titles Fight with Audley Harrison at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 13, 2012. See PA Story BOXING Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

You can’t help but be blown away by the big Scouser, almost as much as Harrison was by a barrage of huge shots that resulted with him being planted on his backside right in front of our seats.

I was told that Harrison woke up on his stool and asked when the fight was starting, such was the force of Price’s onslaught.

The term gentle giant springs to mind for Price. Always well spoken and a great role model for kid’s in Liverpool and all over the country when he’s not beating people up inside the ring.

I’ve now been ringside for two of his fights this year and they’ve lasted a combined time of about three minutes.

He obliterated the usually durable John McDermott at Liverpool Victoria at the start of the year and followed that up with the clinical finish against Harrison, who surely must retire now.

Following his brief stint in the ring, Price was subjected to a barrage of ridiculous attacks on Twitter by Manchester heavyweight Tyson Fury.

I will be amazed if Fury gets away unpunished after the Tweets he sent, in which he also launched attacks on Price’s friend and fellow Scouse boxer Tony Bellew.

Fury questioned the sexual orientation of both Price and Bellew before also having a pop at Price’s promoter, Frank Maloney.

How can footballers get sanctioned for racist tweets and Fury get away with being homophobic? It’s plain and simply wrong and I think the British Boxing Board of Control should throw the book at him.

Following his punishment out of the ring, I’ll be very excited to see him get a similar dealing in the ring should Price agree to get in with Fury.

It wouldn’t be quite as one sided as some of Price’s recent fights, but then it would be difficult to be blown away as easily as Harrison was.

It would be the perfect tune-up fight for Price as he makes a steady and gradual step up to an inevitable super-fight against Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko.

While on the topic of Klitschko, Scarborough’s Danny Price flies out to Austria tomorrow for two weeks of sparring with the man known as Dr Steelhammer.

Klitschko is regarded as one of the best heavyweights of all time and his record speaks for itself.

He has won 58 of his 61 fights to date and has knocked out 50 of those opponents. A quite spectacular record by anyone’s standards.

Price cut a dejected figure after his close points win against Welsh southpaw Hari Miles on Saturday, and speaking to him on the Monday he sounded very disappointed with himself.

While it wasn’t a spectacular performance, I think he is being very hard on himself.

He is now unbeaten in six fights and he successfully made a huge step up in class against a fighter ranked number 10 in the domestic cruiserweight rankings.

He also had to deal with fighting a southpaw at five days notice, most fighters would struggle with that.

He continues to learn, and will need to improve as he continues to climb the domestic rankings, but he is getting there, steadily.

His promoter, Frank Maloney, really needs to get Danny a fight in Scarborough to get him really pumped up and give him the boost he needs.

The call from the Klitschko’s came at the right time for him too in my opinion, he can get away from all the distractions and learn from the very best in the business for two weeks.

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