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Chris Byrd: I’ll train David Price

By Scott Gilfoid: Former heavyweight world champion Chris Byrd has volunteered to train British heavyweight David Price (15-2, 13 KO’s) to try and fix his numerous flaws in his game to resurrect his boxing career following his embarrassing 5th round stoppage loss to 41-year-old Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KO’s) last Saturday night in Liverpool, UK.

Byrd says he didn’t like the fact that the 6’8” Price didn’t use his reach to keep Thompson on the outside. Byrd also didn’t like how Price didn’t do a good job of going after Thompson after knocking him down late in the 2nd round.


Byrd said in his Byrd’s Eye show “I’ll train him. I know I’ll get something…You going to fight if I’m training you.”

Ah, maybe it’s not such a good idea for Byrd to train Price if he wants to get in there and fight. I think it’s pretty much academic at this point that Price doesn’t have the engine to get in there and fight like Byrd wants him to. We saw last night that Price has a chin issue as well as a stamina problem.

Byrd can’t have Price in there looking to punch it out because Price’s stamina problems will rear their ugly head. Instead, Byrd needs to look at what he’s got with Price and work with it. We’re talking the stamina of someone like 41-year-old Vitali Klitschko packaged with a weak chin.

Price needs the Emmanuel Steward magic touch, not someone that is going to have him brawling. Byrd should know this after watching the fight last night. If Steward was Price’s trainer last night, he’d have had him fighting slow, clinching a lot, using his jab constantly, throwing mostly right hands so that he wouldn’t get countered, and not letting Thompson get his shots off on the inside.

It would be a lot of clinching when Thompson would come in close. Price definitely wouldn’t have gassed out if Steward was training him, and he would have the sense enough to know that he had to clinch Thompson each time he got close to him.

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