By Frank Warren
Tonight, BoxNation exclusively screens David Price’s attempt to become European heavyweight champion against German Erkan Tepor in Baden-Württemberg.
I have to say, I think this is the big Liverpudlian’s last chance to get back into the big time, and Tepor is no slouch, especially on home turf.
At 28 he is three years younger than Price, and also carries a big dig. His two previous British opponents, Martin Rogan and Michael Sprott, were each summarily despatched in a round.
Price has a great jab as well as his formidable punching power, but that chin is so vulnerable.
If it wasn’t for the whacks he took on it in those two fights with Tony Thompson then it might well have been him fighting Wladimir Klitschko in October and not Tyson Fury.
He is now resurrecting his career with German promoters Sauerland but worryingly has been somewhat injury-prone of late.
Being a big puncher is not what boxing is all about, as I think we would have seen had the Flanagan-Zepeda fight progressed further. If it was, we wouldn’t need judges.
But this is Pricey’s big opportunity to produce something special against Tepor, who is unbeaten in 14 fights, and show more resolve than he did against Thompson and also when he was defeated in the Olympic semi-final in Beijing by the Italian copper Roberto Cammarelle, who Anthony Joshua controversially outscored to win his Olympic gold medal in London.
There are a lot of ingredients that make up a fighter and one of them is not to show self-doubt.