David Price: Retiring after brutal Povetkin KO loss?
In what some were calling the proverbial 'Do or Die' situation, heavyweight boxer David Price (22-5, 18 KO) was brutally knocked out by Alexander Povetkin last Saturday on the undercard of the heavyweight title unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker in London.
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Fortunately, the 34 year old Price has been checked and is fine. In fact, he tweeted the following earlier today:
Hello everyone just letting you know all is ok. I took this fight and understood the risks involved, but if you don’t have a go- you’ll never know. I’m proud I put it all on the line in front of a massive audience and I’d do it all again. Loved every minute
— David Price (@DavidPrice_1) April 1, 2018
"I'd do it all again."
Does that mean Price isn't retiring?
Povetkin vs Price had been viewed by many as David's last chance to revive his career. And while he fought well and had Povetkin hurt on at least one occasion, the result was an emphatic one... A wicked KO loss.
The KO defeat was the fifth in Price's career. And while there's no shame in getting stopped by the No. 3 heavyweight in the world, Team Price has to be concerned that every time David steps up in competition, he gets knocked out.
At nearly 35 and seemingly a long way from another big fight, should Price retire?
Obvious answer: Probably
At this moment, there doesn't appear to be much upside in his continuing.
But, let's not forget David is an Olympic Bronze Medal Champion and was once one of the hottest prospects in boxing.
David Price is a warrior and a winner who, overall, has found great success in boxing.
After his Olympic achievement, he won his first 15 fights (13 by KO) and was considered by some as the heir to the Klitschko dynasty.
Very few fighters experience that much success and fanfare so it's understandable why Price may choose to not retire. He's confident in his skills and, more importantly, is a fighter - Figurately and literally.
Don't be surprised if he continues with fighting. Should that be the case, he'd be far from the first boxer to 'push the envelope' with respect to his career and the long odds of one day becoming a serious powerbroker in the sport.
It might take a KO loss at the hands of a lesser opponent to convince Price he’s gone as far as he can as a fighter.
On the bright side, if David can somehow win a legitimate heavyweight title and attain all of the spoils that would come with it, it would serve as a 'triumph of the spirit' and make for a great human interest story.