Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Billy on the Box: Big Price shows that all you need is gloves

Completing the sporting marathon that was Saturday we joined Dave Clark, fresh from the heavyweights of the Premier League Darts final on Thursday who had hot-footed it to Liverpool for Fight Night Live.

With the Blues having dominated proceedings all day it was fitting that a red, and quite a big one, in David Price was to take centre stage and help restore a little faith in the increasingly murky world of boxing.

But there were many equine-based puns to get through before he got the chance to dispose of Sam Sexton as the fight was being held at Aintree — how they laboured the point.

“Which one of our heavyweight thoroughbreds will be first past the post tonight,” mused Clark, before we were off to the weigh-in room to be told ‘you’d need a big horse for these two.’

It was a joke that unlike the darters was wearing a bit thin, but Clark wasn’t for turning.

“Can Price live up to the hype or will Sexton be a hurdle too far. Saddled up are Glenn McCrory and Barry McGuigan,” he continued before the latter, clearly ignoring the edict to mention horses all the time, said it was ‘a juggernaut of heavyweights.’

Glenn quickly got us back on track hoping that Sexton had the ‘bit between his teeth’ before commentator Nick Halling, no doubt dressed in silks, announced that ‘at the home of the Grand National there have been a few long shots who have romped home down the years and Sexton fancies his chances in a two-horse race.”

Clearly he hadn’t studied the prices as big David slayed his not so giant opponent to become the ‘biggest hope around here since the Beatles.’

Good luck to him, Price’s down to earth attitude and lack of false machismo and bravado was a refreshing change and as a boxer showed that all you need is gloves.

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