Can Maloney get the David Price gravy train back on the tracks?
By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Frank Maloney had British/Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) producing good cash as he steamed along on course for what would have been a nice payday bout against one of the heavyweight world champions Klitschko brothers.
Unfortunately, a 41-year-old American heavyweight with a pot belly knocked the Price off the tracks by knocking him out in the 2nd round last Saturday night in Liverpool, UK. Incredibly, Maloney believes this will be a mere six-month setback for Price, and believes he’ll be fighting for a world title in the near future.
As sorry as the heavyweight division is, it’s definitely possible for Price to be fighting for a world title in a short period of time despite having been beaten by Thompson. However, Price is going to need to get some help from the sanctioning bodies by hoping that they move him up the rankings quickly to the #1 spot so that he can become a mandatory for one of the Klitschko brothers, if that’s who Maloney wants Price to fight.
For Price to get pushed up the ladder in the rankings, he’s going to have to get back in the ring really soon, and start fighting frequently. I don’t think fighting once every four or five months is going to get the job done. Price is going to need to be more active than that, and he’s going to need to fight Thompson again to avenge the defeat.
That’s going to be a risky fight, if Maloney chooses to take that route for Price. We saw that Thompson wasn’t going to fold up immediately like the 40-year-old domestic level fighters that Price had been fighting recently. Thompson took Price’s best shots, and then gave at back to him, and couldn’t handle it.
I expect Thompson to be able to do the same thing in a rematch. He knows how to beat Price now, and he’s going to be able to handle Price’s power for at least four rounds. I wouldn’t give Thompson too much of a chance of winning if he’s gotten to Price by then because he’ll have taken too much punishment himself.
The thing is Price likely won’t be able to handle getting hit by the big 6’5” Thompson for more than couple rounds before collapsing on the canvas like a big wounded giraffe.
Price just can’t take the shots, and it has nothing to do with him getting hit on the side of the head. Price looked the same way in the amateur ranks when Bermane Stiverne and Roberto Cammarelle nailed him with big shots. Price lost his legs, and staggered around the ring, and lost the fights.