Tony Thompson looking to finish off David Price on Saturday
By Scott Gilfoid: This Saturday we could be seeing British heavyweight David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) rendered irrelevant in terms of world level boxing if 41-year-old Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) obliterates him again like he did last February in beating by a 2nd round knockout.
Thompson and Price will be fighting once again at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool, United Kingdom, and once again Price will have the hometown advantage; not that it’ll help him if Thompson can land another one of his beautiful right hooks to the ear area like last time.
Price, 6’8”, has reportedly working himself to the bone in training for the fight. He even had Lennox Lewis helping out. Price seems to have done everything humanly possible to get ready for this rematch so that he won’t end up on the canvas, because after all, if he loses this fight then it’s safe to say that it’s pretty much over for Price. Another knockout loss to Thompson would send a clear message that Price doesn’t have the chin to compete at the world level.
Thompson sees all the hard work that Price has put in as pointless, as he feels that he won’t improve enough to escape his destiny on Saturday night, which is to be laying either flat on his back or on his face in front of a crowd of shocked Brits.
Thompson is wise enough to know that you really don’t improve much from fight to fight, especially when you’re already training incredibly hard as it is. Thompson said in a press release “David lacks knowledge and can’t have changed much in four months…he still has many weaknesses, and it might be a different one which I choose to expos on Saturday night.”
I totally agree with Thompson. You don’t improve much from fight to fight, and, yeah, Price has a ton of weaknesses that Thompson will be able to exploit in this fight starting with his ability to take hard shots without hitting the canvas or getting staggered. That’s got to be Price’s #1 weakness and the one that’ll likely lead to him getting smashed on Saturday.
The other weaknesses are things like Price standing too close when throwing his jabs, lacking flexibility, leaving his head open when throwing body shots, keeping his guard too low, lacking speed, and going for quick knockouts too much. Part of the problem that Price is from the awful opposition he’s faced since turning pro.
He’s put in with a lot of old timers that can’t fight anymore and were never good to begin with. You can’t learn anything when you’re put in with a bunch of old guys that fold as soon as you tap them in the chin. I think Price got a little cocky from those empty wins and that lead him to his Waterloo last February.
It doesn’t really matter if Price stays on the outside and tries to box Thompson on Saturday night; he’s still going to get nailed by him sooner or later. It might take a couple of rounds, but I think Thompson will find Price’s tender ear and send him down for the count again.