Schaefer wants to match Wilder against Price-Thompson winner
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer was hoping to match rising heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) in a fight against Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) next, but Schaefer has learned that heavyweight David Price, who was knocked out in the 2nd round by Thompson last month, has a rematch clause with him and he plans on using it to face him next. As such, Schaefer wants to match Wilder against the Thompson-Price winner.
Schaefer told RingTV “While we would want a fight with Tony Thompson, we have been made aware that Thompson has an immediate rematch obligation to David Price…Deontay would be happy to fight the winner of that immediate rematch.”
In other words, Wilder won’t be getting the winner of the Thompson-Price rematch unless Thompson wins it.
Here’s the deal. If Price beats Thompson in the rematch, you can bet that there won’t be any interest from the 6’8” Price to get in the ring with the hard hitting 6’7” Wilder because the chances would be too high that Price would end up getting knocked out again, except a lot sooner than the 2nd round.
Wilder hits way too hard, and Price isn’t someone that can knockout guys in the 1st round unless their name is Audley Harrison. That means Price would have to take big shots from Wilder, and I can’t see Price making it out of the 1st round.
Price’s promoter Frank Maloney will likely steer Price either against domestic level heavyweight Dereck Chisora or some light hitter if Price can get past Thompson, and that’s a big if because Price didn’t look good once Thompson started throwing punches back at him last month. Price was fine when it was him doing the punching, but once he started getting hit back in the 2nd, he collapsed to the canvas like a big giraffe taken down by a hungry lion.
Wilder unfortunately is just too dangerous for his own good. He tried to get a fight against another British heavyweight Tyson Fury and was ignored, and believe me he’s going to get ignored by Price and his promoter Maloney if they’re able to avenge the loss to Thompson.