David Price figures he’s five fights away from a world title shot
By Scott Gilfoid: 29-year-old heavyweight David Price doesn’t see any need to rush into a fight against one of the Klitschko brothers. He prefers to take his time before getting that shot, and he’s talking about five fights and about one year away. It just happens to work out to where Price will be ready right about when the Klitschkos are ready to retire. I guess it’s just a coincidence that the timing of him finally stepping it up will be right about when they’re either retired or too old.
Price said to the bbc.co.uk “Without a doubt I’ll be fighting for a world title in five fights…To be fighting someone who fought for a world title only five months ago, it’s a massive step up in class…If I can do a cleaner job than Klitschko did on him that will send a message out.”
I think the message it will send will be a false one. Thompson looks totally shot now. I think we saw that pretty clearly last year when Wladimir destroyed him in six round TKO. Thompson was a good fighter in 2008, but those four years in between that title shot and his last title shot in 2012, they really took a lot from Thompson’s game because he looked terrible.
Wladimir wasn’t trying to drill Thompson out in one round like I imagine Price will be trying to do so he can prove something that is pretty meaningless. Just because Price will look to take Thompson out early doesn’t mean he’ll do well against Wladimir. The only way Price beats Wladimir in my view is if he waits him out long enough to where Wladimir too old. At any rate, Price is heading for the wrong title, the WBC strap.
Vitali Klitschko is about to retire, so Price will have to fight guys like Chris Arreola, Tyson Fury and his hold conqueror Bermane Stiverne. There won’t be a Klitschko for him to fight, especially with Price waiting until 2014 to fight for a title. Heck, by then Deontay Wilder will be ready and Price will have even more troubles on his hands. He might as well try and get a title shot now because it’s going to be hopeless for him once Deontay gets the World Boxing Council strap.