By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
DAVID PRICE is convinced he is still on course to become world heavyweight champion after taking advice from Lennox Lewis.
Price has been given a swift rematch with American Tony Thompson, who claimed a shock second-round win over the Scouser last month.
They meet again at the same venue, Liverpool’s Echo Arena, on July 6, with Price determined to gain revenge.
And he has been given a boost by Lewis, the most recent undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Price, 30, said: “I could have taken on opponents of a lower standard, but I wanted to get right back, and Lennox agreed with me.
“I asked him what he would have done if he had been given the chance to fight Oliver McCall straight after he had lost to him.
“He said, without any hesitation, ‘of course I would’ because he would have loved the chance and that kind of advice is good enough for me.
“Lennox told me that fighting Thompson again so soon after our fight would take a lot of weight off my shoulders.”
Lewis lost his WBC title to McCall in September 1994 and had to wait two years for the opportunity to get revenge.
Price said: “Lennox is an idol of mine and I would hope to take any advice he gives me to heart. After all, who is better than him?
“The rematch is a good fight for me career-wise because it gets me right back on track for a world title.
“It gives me a chance to jump straight back. Any boxer, no matter who they are, who has been in my position will have given their right arm for this chance.
“I am forging the opportunity to make up for what happened straight away. I am so pleased to be in this position to put the record straight.
“I was willing to take the fight for next to nothing and give Tony Thompson the majority of the pot. I would have fought for nothing.
“But it is not about money for me at the moment – it’s about redemption.
“History tells you that no heavyweight remains undefeated, apart from Rocky Marciano. It has happened to the best and the worst and it is up to me to prove that I am in that group of the best fighters it has happened to rather than the worst.
“I believe, 100%, I will be world champion.”