David Price survives rocky fifth round to defeat Kash Ali
By John J. Raspanti
David Price and Kash Ali mocked and called each other names at a press conference a few days ago. Knockout was the operative word. In in the end, it was hometown hero Price who delivered (in a way) at the M@S Bank Arena in Liverpool, NW England Saturday night.
Price, winner of two of his last five fights, used his big jab to keep the stocky Ali off balance in the opening stanza. Price (24-6, 20 KOs) wobbled Ali (15-1, 7 KOs) with a hard right at the bell.
Ali fired a few jabs, but was wary of Price’s return fire. The six-foot-eight inch Price fired a one-two while Ali threw a looping right over the top. Price went to the body in round three.
Ali appeared hurt by another right to the chin. Price was letting his hands go more consistently. Ali mauled Price on the inside—eventually losing a point for butting.
In round four, Price unleashed a combination – punctuated by an uppercut that bothered Ali. Ali was banking on one punch and Price running a gas. Through four heats, it was all Price.
Round five commenced with Price breathing heavily. Ali noticed and pushed Price into the ropes. He fired a number of punches. Price turned the tables by staggering Ali with a clubbing right hand. Seconds later both fighters fell to the canvas. Ali, in a moronic move, shockingly bite Price on the stomach.
Referee Marc Lyson immediately waved off the fight.
The time was 2:26 into round five.
“It’s a disappointing way to win,” said Price. “He lost his head. He’s talking a rematch, I don’t want to share the ring with that animal again.”
Price’s career continues with the win, but he was fortunate Ali got hungry. Price looked shaky and discombobulated at the end.