Liverpool's big heavyweight hope David Price continued his rehabilitation on Saturday night
The towering Price standing at 6ft 8 and 30 years of age is in a rebuilding stage of his career following successive losses to the veteran American Tony Thompson last year.
Before his losses Price was regarded as the next legitimate challenger to Wladimir Klitschko and was destroying every man put in his way. Unfortunately for Price the big step-up to fight Thompson was to prove disastrous for him.
He had taken too big a jump up in class from the likes of Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison whom he had been fighting.
The first fight ended following a big-shot landing on the ear of Price which knocked him down. His ear-drum was perforated and he couldn't regain his balance properly. The more worrying loss was the second one. Most believed that the first win for Thompson was due to a lucky punch but the second loss showed that there was some serious things Price had to work on.
Price seemed to fall apart mentally and physically in the ring in the rematch. He floored Thompson before going on to be a standing target and almost unable to move his arms. It appears as though he got so worked up and nervous about the fight that he burned up all his energy before he got in the ring. It was truly frightful to see a man up until then who had always been so confident almost cowering in the ring.
David Price beat himself in the ring that night by letting his nerves get the better of him. Following these losses he decided to leave long-time trainer Franny Smith. His promoter Frank Maloney also decided to retire from the sport meaning that Price had to engage in a new chapter in his career.
Under the promotional banner of Sauerland Promotions and the tutelage of former Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and both Klitschko's trainer Tommy Brooks, Price is starting from afresh.
Price is fighting abroad and looking to build confidence and improve as a boxer away from the limelight of his beloved Liverpool.
Last Saturday, Price faced Onderj Pala in Denmark. Pala aged 29 held a decent record of 33 wins and 4 losses. Price was expected to win easily but there was to be a surprise in the mix.
Price started quietly looking to gauge his opponent before he was floored with a wild forearm to the side of the head. Price returned to his feet and didn't appear to be in any trouble and he was to prove his power once more.
Price floored Pala at the start of the 3rd round with a straight right and it wasn't long before the right hand ended the fight with another crunching blow. The referee waved off the contest and Price was victorious.
This performance would have done little to silence the critics but one thing that is unarguable is his power. When Price lands the right hand cleanly you are going down and that is something that makes him dangerous in with any opponent.
There is more than just a big right hand to Price though and he needs to build his confidence more in order to be prepared to let his shots go with more confidence. David Price has all the natural abilities to be a top level boxer but his both his chin and his mentality are in question.
Over the next year Price is going to look to slowly but surely answer these questions and work his way back up into contention. This time he will make sure that he doesn't jump up to far in level of opponent at a time and will go about his development in the right way.
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