What does the future hold for British Heavyweight Boxing?
With Chisora and Haye out of the picture, what does the future hold for Brits in the Heavyweight division?
With the shameful behavior and subsequent punishment of Dereck Chisora and David Haye casting a shadow over British boxing, we investigate what the future holds for Brits in the Heavyweight division.
Tyson Fury, named after the former Heavyweight Champion of the World Mike Tyson, came to the attention of the British public when he controversially defeated John McDermott on points to win the English Heavyweight title.
He then won the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles after defeating the aforementioned Chisora by unanimous decision. Only 23, he is likely to be Britain’s best hope for future success in the Heavyweight division. He is currently 7th on the WBC Heavyweight rankings and tipped for big things.
Price started in professional boxing in 2009 at the age of 25 following a successful amateur career, in which he won Gold in the Super Heavyweight division at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and a Bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games. He is currently 27th on the WBC Heavyweight rankings.
He won the English Heavyweight title when he defeated McDermott in only 73 seconds, having knocked him down 3 times before the fight was stopped. This result prompted Frank Maloney, former manager of Lennox Lewis, to say:
David will dominate the heavyweight division. We now go to the next level,” he said. “Tonight we saw a real heavyweight star born.
Sexton, 27, won the Commonwealth Heavyweight title when he defeated Martin Rogan in Belfast in 2009. He then lost this title just over a year later to Dereck Chisora, currently the only fighter he has been beaten by, albeit on two separate occasions. Not quite on the same level as Price and Tyson, and currently outside the top 40 on the WBC Heavyweight rankings, he will be looking to improve if he is to make an impact on the division. He will have a chance to do so when he takes on Price for the currently vacant British Heavyweight title in May.
Head to head comparison of the above fighters:
With Chisora and Haye out of the picture, what does the future hold for Brits in the Heavyweight division? With Chisora and Haye out of the picture, what does the future hold for Brits in the Heavyweight division?