By Steve Lillis, courtesy of The Daily Star
DAVID PRICE insists he will bounce back from a second devastating defeat against Tony Thompson – but there seem certain to be changes in his team.
He had a shocking 30th birthday present when he was stopped in five rounds by the American southpaw at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday.
Thompson barely beat the count in round two after being floored by a sledgehammer right, but Price quickly ran out of steam and an inquest has begun into his performance.
Price lost to the same opponent inside two rounds back in February and made the decision to bring in Lennox Lewis as his technical adviser.
Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lewis got angry on Twitter, accusing Price’s promoter Frank Maloney of blaming him for the loss that leaves the Scouser’s career in tatters.
Both have pledged their future to Price, but it appears impossible that both can remain as part of the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist’s inner circle. Lewis, who was managed by Maloney for much of his career, tweeted: “Maloney’s blaming ME for this loss? Incredible! I asked for 8 weeks training... he gave me 3.”
Price spent five weeks in all with Lewis preparing for the fight – three in Canada and the final fortnight in Liverpool.
Maloney will hold talks with Price and his team next week but says no individual was to blame
He said: “David wanted to slug it out. It reminded me of when Lennox fought Shannon Briggs and I thought, ‘What am I watching?’ If David wants me in his team, and to help rebuild his career, I will always be there for him.
“We will sit down and review everything.”
Lewis also wants to help rebuild, and had Thompson, 41, remained on the canvas in round two for a split second longer, the outcome may have been different.
He said: “When David hit Tony, I think he surprised himself.
“It was just the matter of another second, another millisecond, and it would have been a different ball game.”
Although a meeting with Dereck Chisora would create some interest, Price’s big paydays are currently gone.
He said: “What’s happened has happened and I’m not going to run away from it.”