Thompson stops Price in 2nd round – Breaking News!!
By Scott Gilfoid: The David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) hype train came to a grinding halt tonight with him getting blasted out in a 2nd round TKO to 41-year-old American Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Thompson landed a nothing of a right hand to the side of Price’s head in the second, causing Price to collapse on the canvas in a heap. It looked at first like Price had injured one of his long legs, but when he staggered to his feet it was clear he was badly hurt from the shot from Thompson. Price then staggered around on his feet making it necessary for referee Steve Gray to halt the fight at 2:17 of the round.
I can’t say I’m surprised by the KO loss because Price has always had a questionable chin since his amateur days. If you saw his fight against Roberto Cammarelle in the Olympics you’ll know what I’m talking about. Price can punch, but the chin just isn’t there.
The 1st round was kind of strange because instead of Price bum rushing Thompson like he’s been doing against the other 40-year-olds Price has been fighting recently, he treated Thompson like he was a live grenade. I mean, Price looked looked like a timid lamb, like he was feeling the pressure from finally facing his first live opponent. Price threw mostly jabs. He tried a few right hands, but Thompson handled them really well. Thompson landed a couple left hooks and jabs, but not much more than that.
At the start of the 2nd, Price jumped Thompson in the corner and unloaded on him with a flurry of shots some of which landed but many that missed badly. Thompson then calmly clinched like a professional. He looked totally calm, showing no signs of fear like Audley Harrison had in getting drilled by Price last year.
It looked like Thompson got fed up with being on the receiving end of Price’s punches, and he finally after him with his own, hitting him with two jabs and a left hook that got Price’s respect. Sensing fear from Price, Thompson then tagged Price with a clumsy looking right hand that landed to the side of Price’s head. The shot put Price down slowly like the Titanic going down. Thompson got his feet tangled while he was throwing the shot, and that took all the power out of it. It didn’t matter, though, because even this weak punch was enough to send Price down on the canvas and that’s pretty sad.