Price wants Thompson rematch; willing to fight him in U.S
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) has had time to talk it over with his promoter Frank Maloney, and he’s decided that he would like a rematch against American Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s). Price is even willing to travel to the United States to fight Thompson in his home country in order to get the fight.
Price was knocked out in the 2nd round last Saturday night in a huge upset in Liverpool, UK. Maloney picked out the 41-year-old Thompson, and it was supposed to be an easy fight against an aging heavyweight who looked to be on his last legs. But as it turns out, even this faded version of Thompson was more than good enough to beat the heavily hyped but still unproven 6’8’ Price.
Price said to RingTV “If it meant me taking a little bit less money to get the chance to avenge it then it is something we could look at. Going to America to fight would all be part of the learning experience. We have a rematch clause in the contract and I’d love to be able to put it right. With a bit of luck, he will agree.”
Maloney feels the loss to Thompson will only set Price back a mere six months in his progress towards a heavyweight world title. I don’t know that I believe that because Price is going to take a hit in the rankings, and none of the world champions are going to specifically select him to fight until he becomes a mandatory challenger.
The way that Price reacted to getting hit by Thompson reminded me a lot of how Price was hurt in the amateur ranks when he was hit hard by Bermane Stiverne and Roberto Cammarelle.
It was the same reaction with Price losing his legs and staggering around the ring. I mean, it’s been awhile since those guys had Price staggering around, but it’s also been a long, long time since Price fought anyone that was good enough to do that to happen. We’re four years. That’s how long Maloney has been matching Price against weak opposition in the pro ranks.
I think it might be a bad idea for Price to fight Thompson again because the danger will be too high for Price to get knocked out again. You have to remember that Price has been knocking out his 3rd tier fodder opposition between one and four rounds, and he hasn’t had anyone that has been throwing punches back at him to test his fragile chin.
If he faces Thompson again, Price is going to have to take shots in return. This isn’t going to be the one-way traffic that he’s been accustomed to throwing in the mismatches that Maloney has been setting him up with one after another.
Thompson’s going to get his at bat, and when he does he’s going to have a good chance of hitting another home run by tagging Price again with a hook on the ear. If Price gets hit in the side of the head, I see him doing the same thing by collapsing on the canvas.