Thompson stuns Price with second round TKO to silence the Echo
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
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.
David Price faces another experienced opponent in American Tony
The Next Big Thing in heavyweight boxing, David Price, fights another
experienced and difficult opponent in the form of 41-year-old
American Tony Thompson.
The giant Liverpudlian once again fights in front of a local
crowd as he looks to build towards a possible World title challenge
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 (L) made short work
of Matt Skelton in November, romping to a 2nd round KO
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.