Price primed for stardom
When David Price demolished Audley Harrison in little over a minute in Liverpool earlier this month, he not only ended the career of one of the most deluded and disappointing British heavyweights in living memory, he also announced himself on the 'pound-for-pound' stage proper.
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While a win for Price was expected, few were predicting that the Scouse behemoth would ruin Audley in such sensational fashion.
It took a mere 82 seconds for Price to demolish a once-proud Olympic champion and his power looks plain scary.
Granted he is not at world level yet, but the way 'Big Pricey' is putting them to sleep at British level is definitely noteworthy.
He looks an absolute monster and the 17st 9lbs dynamo has now accounted for Tom Dallas, John McDermott, Sam Sexton and Harrison in double quick time.
Indeed that quartet, good fighters with plenty of championship experience, failed to last eight rounds between them and his promoter Frank Maloney, who knows a thing or two about heavyweight boxing having guided Lennox Lewis to the top, is convinced Price has the tools to go all the way.
A fight with fellow unbeaten (and former amateur rival) Tyson Fury looks a natural for 2013, and one hopes that the pair can put their promotional differences aside to meet in what would be the biggest heavyweight showdown on these shores since Lewis met Frank Bruno almost 20 year ago.
Another all-British fight that could potentially light up the boxing sky in 2013 is Kell Brook against Amir Khan.
Sheffield's Brook looked back to his sensational best when he bashed up Hector Saldivia recently, win number 29 of a career that could end up being very special indeed.
Argentine Saldivia was expected to be Brook's toughest test, the fight was an IBF eliminator after all. However Kell, having really knuckled down in training, showed just what he is all about with a fine display of power and ringcraft.
Bolton rival Khan is rebuilding. He lost his WBA world title to Danny Garcia last time out (TKO4) and before that was decisioned by Lamont Peterson. The result is that 'King Khan' has severed ties with trainer Freddie Roach and he gets back in the saddle in December against the unheralded Carlos Molina.
Both men are young and have options but in Khan's case I am not sure what fight is out there next year that could command the same sort of purse than a clash with Brook might.
It's a fight that could fill a football stadium and again one that needs to happen if the old glove game wants to restore its reputation through the best fighting the best.
The odds men would probably price up Brook v Khan as a pick 'em bout, but as things stand I am confident that Brook has the tools to get the job done against the former Olympian.
And while Khan has achieved more in his career to date I feel that this is now Brook's time to step up and on current evidence I have him edging above Amir in the 'pound-for-pound' stakes.
Finally, Ricky Burns gave yet another polished performance when he did a job on main domestic lightweight rival Kevin Mitchell up in Scotland a few weeks back.
Burns looked too sharp in all areas against Mitchell, who was overwhelmed in four rounds at a noisy Scottish exhibition Centre in Glasgow.
It is incredible to think that just over two years ago Burns was beating trial-horse Youssef Al Hamidi over eight rounds in front of a handful of people in East London.
Since then, however, his career has flourished with wins against Roman Martinez for the WBO super-featherweight title and Michael Katsidis and Mitchell in title action up at lightweight.
His career has been a grind at times but is also a lesson to any aspiring pugs that if you work hard, persevere and maximise your potential that great things can happen.
The Coatbridge man moves above Frank Warren stablemate Nathan Cleverly on our latest list, and should see out the year as champion after dealing with the game but inexperienced Liam Walsh in London on December 15.
Sportinglife.com pound-for-pound British top 10:
1 Carl Froch
2 David Haye
3 Kell Brook
4 Amir Khan
5 Ricky Burns
6 Nathan Cleverly
7 David Price
8 Matthew Macklin
9 Scott Quigg
10 Tyson Fury
Honourable mentions: John Murray, Rendall Munroe, Carl Frampton, George Groves, Martin Murray and Tony Bellew.