The Lonsdale belt is the oldest championship belt in boxing. It’s presented by the British Boxing Board of Control to the British champion in each division, but the fighter only gets to keep it if they win it and then defend it three times. Current British heavyweight champion David Price is worried that he may be unable to claim a Lonsdale belt outright because there is a lack of serious domestic rivals. The 6’8 Liverpool puncher won the British heavyweight title last year by defeating Sam Sexton, and made quick fire defenses against Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton. He needs one more notch to own a Lonsdale belt outright, but there are currently no suitable active contenders willing to fight him.
Price (15-0) is now boxing at world class and meets American double world title challenger Tony Thompson (36-3) in a 12 rounder at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on February 23rd on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com.
Price who is also Commonwealth title holder explained, “Winning a Lonsdale belt is not my priority but at the same time it would be a great honour to own one alongside other great fighters. I would not turn it down as long as we can get an opponent who would raise me to the challenge. It would have to be against a fighter who I believe is world level like Dereck Chisora or Tyson Fury. My friend, David Haye is about but he seems focused solely on getting a fight against Vitali Klitschko. There isn’t anyone else I can raise myself for, but who knows? Someone might come through and I can keep the belt outright.”
Price’s friend Kevin Satchell (9-0) makes the first defence of his British flyweight title against Luke Wilton (13-2-1) on the same bill.
Darren Hamilton (12-2) risks his British light-welterweight championship against another Liverpool boxer, Steve Williams (13-1).
Adil Anwar (18-1) who hopes to challenge the winner also boxes and promoter Frank Maloney hopes he will be involved in the fourth 12 rounder on the card.
Others boxers on the bill include David Burke (26-2), Paul Edwards (9-2), Sean Dodd (4-0), Louis Cuddy (6-0), Neil Perkins (2-0), Steven Lewis (2-0), Andy Colquhoun (5-0) and Peter Gallagher (1-0).
Tickets can be purchased £230 (VIP including meal and inner ringside seat), £95 (Ringside), £70 and £40 at www.echoarena.com www.frankmaloney.com or 0844 8000 400.
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