Why The Price Is Still Right
Now that the dust has settled a little, we can look back at David Price’s shock defeat to Tony Thompson without reactive condemnation.
David Price’s career is not over. The guy beat down on Thompson, (a man who’s only ever really been outclassed by Wladimir Klitschko) for two rounds before being caught with an unexpected right hook.
Ok, it wasn’t the hardest punch, but the guy is still 6ft5 and 260+ pounds, he perforated Price’s eardrum and completely destabilized his equilibrium.
Despite this, Price still has all the tools in his armory to rule the heavyweight division. Except maybe experience, and this will be gained through time.
Perhaps Price could do with a little bit more weight, as Thompson advised but at 6ft 8, he physically has what it takes already.
The power Price has in his right hand is almost unmatched among the rest of the divisions contenders, as well as his ability to use it to the head and body.
Yes, there are lots of questions marks surrounding his chin. These have hung over him from his amateur days, following his stoppage loss to gold medalist Roberto Cammarelle in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics.
But is there anything more entertaining in boxing then a heavyweight with dynamite in his hands and glass in his chin?
Price already has a huge following Liverpool. People will want to see this man fight, knowing that he could blow his opponent out in one punch or in turn himself be knocked unconscious as soon as he’s tagged by a fellow heavyweight.
Too much is placed on an undefeated record these days in boxing, if the best fought the best at all times, no one would be undefeated.
He will learn from his defeat, as Wladimir Klitschko has done from his stoppage losses before returning to rule the world for the past 7 years, and it will make Price a better fighter.
He is still the British and commonwealth champion. There are great fights for him to have domestically (with the likes of Chisora and Fury) and abroad (Helenius, Arreola and Mitchell) to show he still has what it takes to be a world champion.
Price is not the finished article and at 29, still has years left in the tank. Despite this shocking setback, he still has what it takes and could still one day be the glamour division’s premier fighter.