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Price vs Thompson 2: Time and Pre-Fight Facts for Rematch

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In their first meeting in February, two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson defeated favorite David Price compliments of a hard right to the ear. Price was a red hot heavyweight attempting to catapult into the upper-crust of the division before he was caught by an unsuspecting shot that floored the Brit, perforating his eardrum in the process. 

Price vs Thompson 2 Date:
July 6, 2013

19:00 BST (U.K.)
2pm ET (U.S.)

Broadcast: BoxNation (U.K.)

Division: Heavyweight

Title: No major belt at-stake

Fight Moniker: Redemption

Risky Endeavor?

"There was a rematch clause in the original contract, but it was still far from easy to make it happen," Price's promoter, Frank Maloney, said in a statement announcing the rematch."

"Because it was such a big win for Thompson there was a lot of interest in him from rival promoters, but we got there and he has signed."

Price stated recently, "A lot of people wanted me to take another fight or two first, to gain more experience before this rematch. But I was determined to get straight back on the horse."

He added, "I felt I was controlling the opening exchanges of the fight and went for a quick finish. This time I'll be more patient, take my time, and wait for the right opening to present itself. That upset could be the best lesson I'll ever get."


Was First Bout an Upset?

If Price enters the fight thinking he's the far superior fighter and will show Thompson a thing or two, he may very well get caught again.

On paper, Thompson should be the favorite but the then-40 year old 'Tiger' looked so feeble against Wlad (prior to fighting Price) last year while Price wore the look of a beast (prior to fighting Thompson) albeit against less caliber opponents.

While a few publications described the result of Price vs Thompson 1 a 'colossal upset' and a 'shocker,' some hardcore fans and insiders believe the verdict was anything but an upset.

And while much of the boxing world had written off Thompson and criticized David Price & Co. for fighting yet another presumed overly-matched opponent, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko insisted Price vs Thompson was a 'pick 'em' (or 50-50) fight.

Did he know something many experts and fans didn't?

Price vs Thompson 2 - Tale of the Tape

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Styles and Experience

Still unproven against top-tier opposition, is David Price making a mistake by rematching Thompson so soon?

Not only was he collected by one Tony 'The Tiger' with one punch, he was not able to land effectively when he had his American foe on the ropes.

Moreover, Mr. Thompson a southpaw - and an awkward one.

He's a difficult-to-time fighter who gave Wladimir Klitschko all kinds of problems in their first bout in 2008. In their first encounter, despite being ahead on the scorecards, Wlad, according to CompuBox stats, was out-landed by the American 150 to 121 at the time of the 11th Round stoppage.

Thompson also outlanded Wlad in powershots, 93-85.

Thompson is approaching 42 but has more than twice as many wins as David has fights. He also possesses first-hand experience against much better opponents, including Luan Krasniqi - a surging heavyweight Thompson defeated on foreign soil a few years ago.

The Lennox Factor

Former  universally-recognized heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has been working with Price in the gym.

After several weeks in camp with Lewis, Price told Daily Mail Online, "Lennox was written off and came back to be an all-time great. He's helped me rebuild my confidence and told me to stay true to myself."

"Like while I suppose there's a place in boxing for guys like David Haye and Tyson Fury with all their trash-talking, that's not for me. I'm an old-school gentleman, like Lennox."

Does Lennox's tutelage and presence in the Price camp lift the Brit's chances?

Who knows? But one thing is for sure - All the pressure will be on David Price Saturday night.

Price vs Thompson Facts
  • In the last 13 years, Tony Thompson has only lost to one man - Wladimir Klitschko
  • Thompson was a 7-to-1 betting underdog in their first bout
  • At age 41, Thompson is 11 1/2 years Price's senior
  • This will mark the 4th consecutive time a Price opponent is 40+
  • Price has a three inch advantage in height, but a negligible reach advantage
  • Professional rounds fought: Thompson - 187, Price - 41
  • In RING's ratings, Thompson is ranked No. 9 in the division while Price is not in the top 10.
  • BoxRec ranks Thompson No. 8 and Price a mind-boggling 29
  • The winner of this bout may not vault in the top seven but will be a heavyweight power-broker going forward
Price vs Thompson 1 - 2nd Round KO
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