Where does David Price go if he loses tonight against Tony Thompson?
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight David Price (15-1, 13 KO’s) has had a 5-week camp with Lennox Lewis to get ready for his rematch tonight against Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KO’s) in Liverpool, England, but it may not matter because Thompson is the better athlete, the better stamina, the better chin and the better style to win this fight.
The only real advantage that the 6’8” Price has in this fight is in the power department. That’s it. The 6’5” southpaw Thompson has really long arms for his height, and his arm length takes away Price’s 3 inch height advantage.
So what we’re basically talking about here is Price having only the advantage in the power department because he certainly doesn’t have the advantage in the chin department.
So where does Price go if he gets massacred and left on a heap on the canvas like he was last February when the two fighters went at it. I mean, what do you do with a beaten Price? I guess the most logical thing would be to pull him back to an earlier stage of his development by having him back in facing Brits like Matt Skelton, Sam Sexton, John McDermott, Tom Dallas and Audley Harrison.
I think putting Price back in with guys that they know he can beat would be a good confidence booster for him to get back the memory of what it’s like for him to win fights again. I wouldn’t introduce any new Brits that he hasn’t faced like David Haye, Tyson Fury or Dereck Chisora because Price would likely get knocked out by them as well at this point.
Price’s promoter Frank Maloney needs to take Price backwards and keep him there for a while to get him back to where he was before Thompson knocked him out twice. Once Price gets four or five wins under his belt, then I think he should look to tackle one of the fringe world contenders like Alexander Ustinov or Alexander Dimitrenko.
Those would be good fights for Price to wind out where he’s at with these guys. If he can dominate Ustinov the way that Kubrat Pulev did recently then he should start thinking of beating a little bit better opponent.
Above all, though, I’d keep Price light years away from American heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder. That’s a fight that Maloney should never make because Wilder would likely KO Price within the 1st round.