NEW: Rhys Howell’s column: Priceless memories of stunning knockout at the Echo

Rhys Howell's new column for the Scarborough News. Follow Rhys on Twitter @howell_rm
Rhys Howell's new column for the Scarborough News. Follow Rhys on Twitter @howell_rm
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I was fortunate enough to be at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday evening covering Scarborough cruiserweight Danny Price’s latest fight, which thus afforded me a ringside seat to take in namesake David Price’s heavyweight clash with Audley Harrison.

David Price’s demolition of the former Olympic champion was quite stunning and while not an incomprehensible surprise, the knock out in just 82 seconds was nevertheless something to behold.

Audley Harrison after being knocked down by David Price during The British Heavyweight and Commonwealth Titles Fight 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.

Audley Harrison after being knocked down by David Price during The British Heavyweight and Commonwealth Titles Fight 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.

The atmosphere at the fight was quite sensational.

David Price is Liverpool’s sweetheart and so fighting in front of a sell-out crowd inside a venue in his home city was always likely to result in fireworks.

As Price entered the ring with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ ringing out, hairs stood on the backs of necks as everyone in the arena rose to their feet – it was quite something to be a part of.

The gigantic Liverpudlian did not disappoint either, eclipsing the electric atmosphere generated by his supporters with a domineering display of precision hitting and raw punching power.

File photo dated 07/07/2012 of Tyson Fury. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date Monday October 15, 2012. Tyson Fury could be punished by the British Boxing Board of Control after making a succession of inflammatory comments about David Price. See PA Story BOXING Fury. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

File photo dated 07/07/2012 of Tyson Fury. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date Monday October 15, 2012. Tyson Fury could be punished by the British Boxing Board of Control after making a succession of inflammatory comments about David Price. See PA Story BOXING Fury. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

With his first punch thrown in anger, Price smelt blood and went in for the kill.

Half a minute later it was all over as the lights went out on Audley, possibly one of the least popular and most ridiculed British boxers in recent times.

I don’t personally think that he is deserving of too much stick for losing to Price, even though he did so in pretty spectacular fashion.

It didn’t matter who it was in that ring, with one or two notable exceptions – Vladimir or Vitali Klischko perhaps – whoever was stood in Price’s way on Saturday night was going to get dominated.

In his defence, even when Price had rocked him and had him quite literally on the ropes, Harrison did not hide, he stood and took what was coming to him.

By this point, it was abundantly clear that Harrison was totally out of his depth, however this was more to do with Price’s excellence than the Olympic gold medallist’s shortcomings.

Although you might not expect too much more from a partisan crowd, chants of “you’re s*** and you know you are” from thousands of Price fans as Harrison lay prone on the canvas receiving medical attention was really not something he deserved.

Boxing fans who dislike Audley following some shambolic performances in recent years forget that when he won Olympic gold in Sydney 2000 he did a great deal of good for the profile of boxing in this country.

Irrelevant of that fact, on Saturday night, Harrison still went toe-to-toe one of the most dangerous fighters currently gracing the ring.

Regardless of anything else, he has my respect for that.

Moving forward, hopefully Harrison will now put himself out of his misery and retire before his stock falls any further.

By contrast, Price’s is rising astronomically, and in a couple of fight’s time he could well be at the very top.

His next fight, at the start of December, sees him take on 45-year-old Matt Skelton, a decent boxer but one hardly in his prime.

Price will, I am certain, dispose of Skelton without too much fuss and from there he can probably look to add another title to the British and Commonwealth belts that he already holds.

European champion Kubrat Pulev is likely to meet undefeated Russian Alexander Povetkin soon, with Price a good bet to fight the winner of that contest in 2013, possibly for a world title.

At some point, it is also likely that Price will face fellow unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury in a grudge match that everyone wants to see.

Whatever happens from here, if Price continues to box and knock opponents out in the fashion he has been doing, then the man that promoter Frank Maloney describes as “the future of British boxing” is likely to continue wowing us for some years to come.

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