David Price: Where does boxer go from here?Written by Mark Havey
He should enjoy his laugh because he has had a lot of undeserved scrutiny to deal with.
Boxing fans said he was old and washed up and insisted his fight against the heavy-handed David Price would be a mismatch.
Everyone, including me, expected this to be a standard demolition job at the fists of Price.
Shame on us.
Thompson ended the immediate title hopes of the huge David Price last night - and all it took was 2 rounds.
An erratic right hook dropped Price who landed awkwardly on his knee. As he struggled to get to his feet, his knee was probably the last thing on his mind. He didn't appear to be in fighting condition as he looked stunned and wobbly as he arose.
It was clear the British heavyweight boxer was in no state to safely defend himself and the ref correctly wavied off the fight.
Will David Price return stronger?
Yes, I thought Price would win via a knockout but you won't find the word 'mismatch' in any of my articles. I didn't believe for a second it was. In fact, people who used that term and words synonymous to it to describe Price vs Thompson were exposed for their lack of knowledge.
Age isn't such a concern for heavyweights as they are less nimble than fighters in other weight divisions. As a result, using age as a reason for declaring a mismatch didn't make much sense. When a boxer starts to decline the last thing he loses is his power. And since heavyweights use power as their main weapon, this couldn't be called a mismatch.
41 year old heavyweight Tony Thompson is now 37-3, 25 KOs and has only lost to Wladimir Klitschko in the last 13 years
I have yet to meet one person who picked Thompson to win nor read any articles suggesting Thompson vs Price would end in an upset. And despite being British, I am happy for the American. We all need the occasional reminder that we don't know it all. More importantly, no fight is a given.
Boxing writers are sometimes viewed as experts, but we aren't. We are avid fans. And since boxing is unpredictable every outcome we pick is speculation. True, it is a guess based years of knowledge, factual data and the fighters' past performances - But for every fact we do know, there is probably another we don't.
Where does David Price go from here?
Well, it was only his 16th fight and his first against a world class opponent. And yes, Tony Thompson is world class. He fought lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last summer and that bout was his most recent heading into last night's bout with David Price.
David Price has plenty of time left in his career, even at the age of 29.
Wladimir Klitschko successfully rebounded from knockout losses to Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster in 2003 and 2004, respectively. And Lennox Lewis was knocked out early in his career by Oliver McCall in 1994 yet ended up an all-time great. Like David Price last night, both Lewis and Klitschko were heavily favored in those bouts.
Lightly-regarded Corrie Sanders knocks out then WBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2003
Even ayoung Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, was dropped and badly hurt by Henry Cooper before he became champion. Who knows what might have happened if he hadn't gained a long rest, a welcomed result of a ripped glove.
It seems that great heavyweights need an early shock.Wherever David Price was headed, he is still on the same path, albeit a delayed one.
Last night is exactly why fighters with only 15 pro fights aren't thrown in with elite level opponent early on.
My view on Price hasn't changed. He still has the power to beat anyone but needs to work on certain aspects of his game. His punches didn't look as crisp as usual last night and his footwork was very limited. Too often he was flat footed and seemed off balance at times when throwing combinations. But these are mistakes and habits that will be corrected with time and experience.
Needless to say, he isn't ready for a Klitschko. But a fight against Dereck Chisora or Tyson Fury will tell us more about where he is skills-wise.
Will David Price fight Tyson Fury next?
Frank Maloney mentioned a rematch with Tony Thompson and if Price vs Thompson II happens, look for the Brit to win as he was doing the better work before Tony employed the 'old pro skill,' silencing him with a single punch.
David Price will return.....
My name is Mark Havey. I am a boxing writer from Portsmouth, England.
I have been a fan of boxing ever since i was small. The glitz and excitment of the big PPV nights pulled me in and i was hooked. I love to box myself, read about boxing, watch it and talk about it.
If anyone wants to contact me Mmhavey@hotmail.co.uk.