ON a stacked show at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, the scheduled heavyweight 10-rounder between local favourite David Price and Birmingham’s Kash Ali ended in disgrace for the latter, when he was disqualified for biting.
In the opener, Price kept Ali at a distance with his stiff jab, while the Brummie boxer attempted to get into range to land his big overhand right. The visitor targeted the body effectively in the second round, but suffered a bloodied nose early in the third. Things got worse for Ali when he was deducted a point for hitting around the back of the head. He also bit Price on the arm during the session, although the referee missed this shocking infringement.
After controlling proceedings with his jab in the fourth, Price found himself on the receiving end of some meaty rights in the next frame, but retaliated well with a solid body shot. A clumping right hand badly wobbled Ali, who clung on to Price’s waist, causing both men to tumble to the mat. With Ali lying on top of Price on the canvas, the West Midlander inexplicably bit his opponent again, this time on the stomach. Having witnessed the shameful violation, the referee had no choice but to disqualify Ali.