David Price faces Tony Thompson in Liverpool on February 23rd
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) still isn’t being matched tough as he’s facing 41-year-old Tony Thompson (36-3, 24 KO’s) on February 23rd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. This is some kind of unreal string of old fighters that Price is building up with him recently beating 40-year-old Audley Harrison, 45-year-old Matt Skelton and now fighting 41-year-old Tony Thompson.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a promoter match-up a fighter with so many 40-year-olds in sequence like this before, and all I can think of is that Price might have been knocked out or badly hurt in some of his sparring sessions because you don’t see things like this in terms of match-making, especially for ex-Olympians like Price.
Those types of fighters are usually matched tough against only the best fighters, not put in with a bunch of old guys to ensure that he looks good and doesn’t get knocked out or badly hurt.
Price, 29, turns 30 in July and he’s talking about using up the entire 2013 in going after an EBU title rather than looking to get a title shot. I can’t believe the 6’8” Price is willing to burn up the entire year just fiddling around going after the European Boxing Union title, but I think there may be an ulterior motive by him appearing to stall for time before finally going for a title shot. Some boxing fans believe that Price is trying to wait out the Klitschkos until they’re too old to beat him or they retire altogether.
The theory is Price doesn’t have the chin to take one of the fight hands or left hooks from the Klitschkos, so by wasting time on going after non-world title belts at the advanced age of 29, he’s accomplishing the goal of waiting out the Klitschkos. I don’t know if this true but I find ot kind of strange that Price is wasting time on lower level belts at his age and with his experience.