David Price Confident That He Can Rebuild His Career
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.”
He's in a difficult position. He's too good for domestic fights but not good enough to move on. He still has a career in boxing just not the one we hoped for.Comment by Mighty Rubble on 07-16-2013
David Price's 2nd fight with Tony Thompson reminded me of Wlad's 1st with Lamon Brewster. Punched himself out and seemed to lose all energy. If he can sort that out the way Wlad did, and use his size the way…Comment by torosboxing75 on 07-10-2013
[QUOTE=tyotfo;13546053]I never understood what the hype was with Price. He got sparked in the Olympics which showed how chinny he was.[/QUOTE] Wait are you saying Price was dropped with head gear on. I thought he just needed to use his…Comment by TaurusJ27 on 07-10-2013
He runs out of gas too fast.Comment by ddangerous on 07-10-2013
I'm not gonna hate on Price. He had Thompson hurt early. I predicted another early Thompson KO, but Price almost made me eat that prediction. His issue is stamina. But that doesn't keep him from making interesting fights early. I…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (30)