Thompson: Price’s people forgot that I have good power too
By Scott Gilfoid: The triumph American heavyweight Tony Thompson thinks David Price’s team made a huge mistake by focusing on his age  and not looking closely enough at his knockout record when picking him out as an opponent for Price to fight last Saturday night.
Thompson believes Price’s team didn’t realize how hard he can punch, and they made a big mistake of agreeing to fight him instead of choosing to continue to fight weak-punching fluff opponent. The mistake ended up costing Price big time with him getting knocked out in the 2nd round in front of his own loyal British fans at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
“Everyone was talking about his [Price] power, but I have 24, now 25 motherf***** who says I have power. They forget I’m a 6’5” 262 pound southpaw in that ring. I knew he was going to be overaggressive and come out and try to make a statement with his fan base. I’m old and he wanted to show off for his fans. A lot of people were writing me off, booing me, and they even booed the national anthem. That really fired me up. I knew he was going to be overanxious because he knocked out a very unimpressive Audley Harrison, and I heard someone in the crowd say I look like Audley Harrison. No, I don’t. He [Price] looks like Audley Harrison now. When he [Price] fell for the tricks, like I said, I wanted to give it back like he gave it to me. I’m not going to be disrespected by anybody, and I’m damn sure I’m not going to let you run me out.”
Price was really giving it to Thompson for the first 1 and half rounds of the fight. Had the fight continued in that direction there’s no question that Price would have gotten to Thompson at some point and knocked him out. But you could see Thompson mentally making a decision in the 2nd round, and it was like ‘You had your turn to throw punches, and now it’s my turn.’ Once that happened, we discovered that Price simply couldn’t take handle Thompson’s power. In other words, Price could dish it out just fine but he couldn’t take it return.
So who’s the one that should take responsibility for the huge blunder of selecting the still very much alive Thompson as an opponent? Was this Price’s promoter Frank Maloney’s brilliant idea or did Price think it up all by himself. Whoever it was they really blew it. If they had asked me if this fight was a good idea I would have told them straightaway that it was a bad idea because Thompson hits too hard for the fragile-chinned Price.
I mean, if you put Price’s former conqueror Roberto Cammarelle in the ring with Thompson last Saturday night or at any point in Thompson’s career, I think Thompson would totally school Cammarelle and beat him with no problems whatsoever; the same thing for Bermane Stiverne, another one of Price’s conquerors. That’s why I saw it as a bad idea that Price was being matched against Thompson because he was still far too good for Price.