David Price suffered a first career defeat as 41-year-old Tony Thompson caught him with a thunderous blow in the second round, leading to a TKO.
The 29-year-old Price (left) managed to get back to his feet, but looked incredibly uncertain, leaving referee Steve Gray to wave away the fight and shock the packed out Liverpool Echo Arena. It was a stunning outcome to the fight, and a real setback to David Price and his world title ambitions.
Thompson, meanwhile, has proven that he's still a threat in the heavyweight division, and he will look to continue his career, including lining up a world title contest of his own. Immediately following the fight, the veteran American called out another British heavyweight - Tyson Fury - in the hope that he can set up an intriguing spring-summer clash.
It was a low key start to the fight, with both fighters feeling each other out in the first. Price grew into the second round and looked to have his man in trouble as he backed him into the ropes and unleashed some fearsome combos. No one expected what came next, however, as Price missed with a right hand of his own and left his chin woefully exposed, allowing the American to power a right hand into his neck and jawline, sending him to the canvas.
And though Price made it back to his feet, he didn't look remotely capable of competing leaving Steve Gray with the easiest decision of his career so far; to stop the fight and shock the heavyweight division.
Knockouts of can happen to even the very best in heavyweight boxing, but it was the cavalier way in which Price stormed forward without using his left hand to guard himself which worried most spectators. Questions over the 6ft 8in Liverpudlian's chin have always lingered, and on this occasion he was left completely scrambled after receiving a blow that arguably may not have fazed a heavyweight with genuine world title ambitions.
The giant Liverpudlian once again fights in front of a local crowd as he looks to build towards a possible World title challenge in 2013.
Standing before him is the vastly experienced and tough Tony Thompson, a southpaw with 36 wins and who has only twice been knocked out in his career. Both of those fights were against the might of Wladimir Klitschko, including a July 2012 challenge for all four of the Ukrainian heavyweight king's World titles which ended in the sixth.
Price, 29, is the reigning British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion after back-to-back stoppages against Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton. He will enter the bout as the narrow favourite, largely thanks to his home advantage, and look to make the most of his superior height and reach against the left-hander.
A win over Thompson would provide the perfect platform for Price to move from British and Commonwealth to the elite level in the heavyweight division. There a number of intriguing and exciting opponents lie in wait, including a potential grudge match against fellow Englishman and heavyweight contender Tyson Fury.
23 February 2013, 19:00:00
Kevin Satchell made a successful first defence of his British Flyweight title during a fiery encounter with Northern Ireland's Luke Wilton.
The two traded blows on the inside for the duration of a bruising 12-round encounter, with both men ending the fight bloodied and bruised. It was Satchell (right) who put the better shots together throughout the fight, however, and Wilton received a big cut part way through the fight after an accidental clash of heads.
And following the final bell, it was no surprise to see Satchell's hand raised with the judges unanimously ruling 119 - 112, 119 - 110, 118 - 111 in his favour.
Two 24-year-old British fighters battle it out for the British Flyweight Championship as the main undercard to Price v Thompson, a heavyweight clash.
Kevin Satchell is looking to defend the British title he won in the same venue in October, also on a David Price undercard. That night, he defeated Chris Edwards in the sixth round having sent him to the canvas in the preceding stanza.
The challenger, Luke Wilton, a Northern Irishman, will enter the ring with a 13 - 2 - 1 record and having never been stopped. It's undoubtedly the biggest fight of his career so far, and only the second time he's fought outside the Republic or Northern Ireland after an ill-fated 2009 trip to Luton saw him out-pointed after a four-rounder against Delroy Spencer.