Price floors Skelton, Flintoff wins first bout

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Updated: December 1, 2012

David Price knocked out Matt Skelton in the second round to retain his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.

A series of violent body blows by the giant Englishman proved to much for Skelton who is well past his best and was another soft opponent for the talented Price that he has brushed aside. There is no question about the credentials of Price, simply about the opponents that are currently being picked for the undefeated heavyweight.

Later on in the night Andrew Flintoff won his boxing debut by beating American heavyweight Richard Dawson on points in a cringe worthy performance.  The former England cricket captain came off the canvas to win the four-round bout in Manchester 39-38 on the referee’s scorecard. The 34-year-old Flintoff was floored in the second round of a lively affair but dominated the other three rounds.

The fight was a circus and the opponent chosen made the former England captain look good. Flintoff at 36 should never have been granted a boxing license and the whole event has been a disgrace to the great sport of boxing. The only positive to come from the exercise is the fitness of Flintoff, perhaps he should consider coming out of retirement and represent his country again.