By James Slater – Tonight in his native Liverpool, hugely hyped heavyweight sensation David Price had his dreams shattered by a big Tony Thompson right hand. “The Tiger,” thought to be past his best at age 41, lost the opening round but blasted 29-year-old Price with a sharp right hand that landed to the neck in the second session.
Price, later admitting he never saw the punch coming from the American southpaw, did his best to get up and he beat the count but was in no shape to continue as he did so. On rubbery legs, the 2008 Olympian showed heart in scraping his huge frame from the floor, but the referee, Steve Gray had no choice but to stop the fight.
The official time was 2-17 of the 2nd.
Price must now go back to the drawing board (no British super-fight with Tyson Fury – for now at least), while Thompson can look ahead to some bigger paydays before he’s done. Maybe Thompson can face unbeaten Fury later this year?
Can Price come back from this? Already, fans and experts are saying how Lennox Lewis came back from a similar loss, to Oliver McCall, and promoter Frank Maloney sure hopes his latest big man has the mental stuff Lewis had.
Thompson is now 37-3(25). Price is now 15-1(13).