Price: My rematch with Tony Thompson is a make or break fight for me
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) realizes that the excuses that he gave for getting knocked out in the 2nd round by an out of shape looking 41-year-old Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) last February won’t fly next time around when the two fighters meet up with each other in a rematch on July 6th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Price said to Sky Sports “Everyone in their career has a defeat by someone they shouldn’t have been beaten by. I’m in a very fortunate position where I can get the rematch straightaway. If I felt I was out of my depth with Tony Thompson or outclassed or beaten up, but I know in my heart if I stay disciplined and stay in my game plan and use what I’ve got, I can make it an easy fight. It’s a massive lesson. Complacency did set in. It’s time to eradicate that in my next fight. 12 months down the line I want to say that was the best thing that could have happened to me. It’s a must-win fight. It’s a make or break fight for me.”
I wonder what Price is going to do to make it an easy fight next time around? It’s not going to work for Price for him to be just hanging around on the outside just jabbing because Thompson’s reach is just as long as the 6’8” Price’s despite Thompson being three inches shorter at 6’5”.
I think Thompson does a better job at extending his arms to throw jabs and shots from a long distance away. Price can’t do that because he’s kind of rigid and inflexible with his upper body. If Price tries to just box Thompson he’s going to be getting hit a lot and I wouldn’t be surprised if he hits the canvas again for another 10 count.
Price tries to take Thompson out in the first two rounds and it didn’t work. All Thompson did was wait for Price to stop throwing his punches before he unloaded on him with a nice right hand that knocked him out. I can see the same thing happening in the rematch.
I don’t know where Price can go if he gets knocked out again.
I suppose he can retreat back to the domestic scene and continue to fight the John McDermotts and Matt Skeltons. Those are guys that Price can do well against, but I think it’ll be all over for him in terms of the world scene if he loses again to Thompson by knockout.