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David Price: I've Earned The Right To Decide When I Retire!

Olympic bronze medal winner David Price is not yet ready to call it a day.

Price has been out of the ring since suffering a stoppage loss at the hands of Derek Chisora. He took the fight on late notice and was stopped in four rounds at the O2 Arena in London.

It was the seventh loss for Price, and all seven of the big heavyweight's defeats have been by stoppage.

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Price explains that there were a number of issues as he entered the fight with Chisora.

"About 11-12 days before the fight, I sprained my wrist in sparring, hitting the top of Dave Allen's head," Price told Sky Sports.

"I had to get an x-ray, go and sit at the hospital. I got stressed out. I was worried for the next couple of days, tired, moody and then I was under the weather and started picking up a cold."

He also blames himself for using the wrong tactics in the right, although he admits the come-forward style of Chisora would have been tough for him to overcome in any situation.

"My plan was to stay calm and not expend too much energy because I was coming in at short notice. I probably should have just gone hell for leather. Derek just closed the distance too quickly. I didn't have time to get ready. My legs weren't right. He kept catching me on the inside, wearing me down," Price said.

"Even with a full training camp and everything going well, it would have been really hard for me. They say styles make fights and Derek's style is difficult for me. He's got that low centre of gravity and just keeps coming, he's relentless."

And regarding the future, Price wants to rebuild his career and give things a final go. The hard punching heavyweight wants to go out on his own terms.

"I started boxing when I was fourteen. I turn thirty-seven next month. Boxing has given me everything. If I put the phone down and decide I'm not going to fight again, I'd be fine with that. The man I've become, the people I've met, winning an Olympic medal," Price said.

"But I brought myself into boxing. I had to wait in the cold for a 45-minute bus ride each way when I was a kid to get to box. No one's given it to me and I've earned the right to decide when I retire."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by MulaKO on 05-27-2020

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;20580749]In an ideal world I’d like to see big Dave retire, but if he’s going to continue, I’d much rather see him fight at domestic level as opposed to facing Povetkin, Chisora in fights he isn’t going to win.[/QUOTE] I…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 05-27-2020

[QUOTE=MulaKO;20579206]Nahhhhh I’d rather he retires with some of his brain He’s been a pro for 10 years , just hate seeing guys sticking around for to long[/QUOTE] In an ideal world I’d like to see big Dave retire, but if…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 05-27-2020

[QUOTE=alexguiness;20580638]I think that the Chisora fight was likely his biggest career payday - he headlined a PPV lol. He is not able to pick his opponents, they pick him...for a very obvious reason.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=alexguiness;20580639]Even Hughie could spark out Pricey lol.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by alexguiness on 05-27-2020

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;20579594]Matchroom should make that fight. Be a good crossroads matchup.[/QUOTE] Even Hughie could spark out Pricey lol.

Comment by alexguiness on 05-27-2020

[QUOTE=Roberto Vasquez;20577742]Price should never have fought Chisora. Price is the kind of fighter who needs to pick his fights and choose opponents he has a good chance against. If Fury is fighting boxers outside the top 20 and people say…

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