David Price expects to fight in April
By Scott Gilfoid: 32-year-old British heavyweight David Price (19-3, 16 KOs) will be looking to return to the ring in April with new trainer Dave Coldwell. Surprisingly, it’s been seven months since the 6’8” Price last fought in getting halted in the 2nd round by German heavyweight Erkan Teper last July.
The result of the fight was later changed to a no contest due to the 6’5” Teper testing positive for a banned substance for the fight. Never the less, Price looked terrible in that fight, and it’s hard to see anything positive in the result of the fight being changed. The fact of the matter is Price was still batted around the ring and he still looked over-matched.
The idea is to put Price on the undercard of the super middleweight contest between Callum Smith and Hadillah Mohoumadi on April 2 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
While it’s nice that Price is being trained by Coldwell, I don’t see how that will change anything. Price still appears to have a chin problem, and he still doesn’t have the capability to use his size to fight on the outside the way he needs to. Price gives up his height way too easily by failing to stand on the outside where he can jab. His jab is more of a pawing jab rather than the powerful jab that he needs to dominate shorter opponents.
Price no longer attacks his opponents like he did when he first turned pro seven years ago in 2009. I don’t think that Price will ever get back to the level he was back then, because too many things have happened in the last three years that have turned him into a timid fighter. Price has twice been stopped by Tony Thompson and once by Teper. Price did win four consecutive fights after his second KO loss to Thompson, but his opposition was terrible.
“It’s exciting and I need to get in the mix of it all, that’s a massive carrot dangling for me, to get in the middle of all these potential big fights out there, with the fighters in the heavyweight division in England,” Price said to skysports.com. “There’s a lot of good lads out there and it’s about testing yourself against the best.”
Well, I don’t know who exactly Price would want to be testing himself against as far as the domestic scene goes. I don’t think Price would be able to get a fight against the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and David Haye. Price has lost too many fights recently for him to get any of those guys to throw him a bone. Even a fight against Dereck Chisora would likely be out of the question right now because Chisora has bigger fish to fry right now than fighting a guy that has been knocked out in three out of his last seven fights.
Price can probably get a fight against someone like Richard Tower or Gary Cornish, but I fail to see what a win over either of those guys would do for his career. Heck, Price might as well try and lure Audley Harrison back inside the ring because fighting Tower and Cornish would be pretty much the same thing.
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