David Price suffered a shock loss to veteran fighter Tony ‘The Tiger’ Thompson last time out.
Price had built up an impressive reputation dispatching of all fighters in his way without being tested. Price has a distinguished amateur career including a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 further adding to his reputation.
Price went into the fight with a record of 15 wins including 13 knock-outs. It had become obvious to a wider audience what a huge puncher he is with the devastating knockout of Audley Harrison. Harrison has an Olympic gold medal to his name and was destroyed by Price within 82 seconds of the first bell.
Following the fight against Harrison, Frank Maloney (David’s promoter) had set Price up with a fight against Matt Skelton. Skelton is an experienced, tough, rough and ragged type boxer who looks to be a pest at all times.
This fight was designed to test Price and give him experience with an awkward customer who would hold and make life difficult. This test wasn’t to be as Price once more easily dispatched his opponent this time in the 2nd round.
After the Skelton fight it was announced that Price would be looking to take a big step up and fight someone who has been at a world level. Tony ‘The Tiger’ Thompson was the boxer to fight David and he really was a big step-up in class from Price’s previous opponents. Thompson entered the ring with a record of 36 wins and three losses.
Two of Thompson’s losses had been against the dominant force in heavyweight boxing that is Wladimir Klitschko and the other was very early on in his career to Eric Kirkland. This impressive record shows just how big a step-up Price was to take.
The fight, as mentioned previously, did not end well for Price with him being knocked out in the second round. It was later learned that Price has suffered a perforation of his ear-drum from the shot which knocked him down and that is the reason he was unable to regain his balance properly. This was a massive shock and I personally sat there speechless.
It’s not often that I haven’t got something to say but I was so confident that Price was going to win that I almost couldn’t believe what had just taken place. Once I had got over the shock I studied the knockdown and concluded that it was a freak punch. At the end of the day this is heavyweight boxing and when you get hit by a big man you are going to go down.
This was a huge disappointment and lead many to claim that Price is not all that he has been hyped up to be and that he had been exposed.
As a result of this fight a rematch has been agreed for the 6th July at the Echo Arena, Liverpool. As is normal for Price he will be fighting in front of his home crowd in Liverpool and is determined to avenge his loss and prove that he is the real deal. Price has looked to improve as a boxer and has involved former British heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis to help him.
Lewis has fantastic levels of experience and has been in Price’s situation before having been knocked out by Oliver McCall and Hashim Rahman. Lennox also went onto avenge both defeats. Lewis is therefore perfectly placed to guide Price back on the right track. Price has been learning new fitness regimes and from what I have seen, looks in very good shape.
In my opinion the loss to Thompson in the first fight was just one of those things and merely a blip. I fully expect Price to beat Thompson in the next fight. I predict that Price will be a bit more cagey initially in this fight before he gets going and forces Thompson out of there.
I just get the feeling that Price will take a few more rounds to settle before looking to land his spectacular right hand.
He will look to use his jab and great technical ability to work his way in and then land big combinations to get Thompson out of there. I see Price being extremely determined to put things right and with Lennox on hand expect to see Price knock out Thompson after a few rounds. I see the fight last about five rounds.
David Price has all the potential to become a world champion and he is a humble, modest guy which is nice but he needs to come out of his shell a bit more to grab the attention of the casual boxing fan.
There is it David Price to recover from a blip and get back on the road to becoming word heavyweight champion.
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