Frank Maloney praises the dedication of heavyweight David Price

Last Updated: 05/01/13 3:54pm

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Frank Maloney: Paid tribute to Price's dedication (Pic leighdawneyphotography.com)

Frank Maloney: Paid tribute to Price's dedication (Pic leighdawneyphotography.com)

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Frank Maloney has paid tribute to the professionalism of David Price and his team ahead of their February date with Tony Thompson.

Price and trainer Franny Smith had requested a March return for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion after training hard for four fights in 2012.

But after the clash with American Thompson was confirmed for February 23 at the Liverpool Echo Arena the pair were straight back in the gym.

"David and Franny are a dream team and stayed in the gym over Christmas and New Year," said the diminutive promoter.

"After the Skelton fight they asked if the Thompson fight could be delayed until March to allow David a longer rest.

"We tried to switch the date, but the venue had no available dates and there were no complaints from them. They just said 'okay', and got on with it like the true professionals that they are.

"Some fighters you have to be calling up and checking what they are doing, but I can rest knowing David is doing everything correct."

The bill will also see local hero Kevin Satchell defend his British and Commonwealth flyweight titles against Belfast's Luke Wilton.

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