David Price Vs Tony Thompson.
|David Price after his win over Skelton|
World title hopeful David Price is fighting the 41 year old former title challenger Tony Thompson on 23rd Feb at the Echo Arena, Liverpool. Is this the step up that fight fans and commentators have been calling for or is he just another over the hill 40 (odd) year old?
Price's last 2 fights were against the 46 year old Matt Skelton (won by KO in round 2) and 41 year old Audley Harrison (won by TKO in the 1st round). Neither fighter pushed Price and both were dispatched very quickly. With a title shot perhaps at the end of 2013 the target for Price he should be looking at fighters that can stretch him and his ability. Tyson Fury has done this and has greatly improved in the last 12-18 months and as a result will be fighting for the title in his next 2 fights.
So what will Tony Thompson offer? Will he go the same way as others and be stopped before the 3 rd round?
He comes into this fight with a very good record, something Price's last two opponents have very much lacked. Thompson has a record 39 fights, 36 wins, 24 by KO and 3 losses. His first loss came over points in his 5th fight whilst his other two defeats have come against "The Man", Wladimir Klitschko. He lost to an 11th round KO in 2008 and then in his last fight he lost to a 6th round TKO. Thompson has a very good KO record and will stretch Price further than any other fighter has done in his career so far.
I expect Price to win by a late stoppage. His power and precision being too much for Thompson. The next move after Thompson is vital in Price's journey towards a world title shot and I'm sure Frank Maloney has thought long and hard about who, when and where will be next.
It has to be somebody that is under 35 and is ranked top 10 in the world in my opinion.
Team Price think very highly of Pulev, as do I and a fight against him would be a move in the right direction after Thompson however, both camps might think it too risky, we shall see.
In summary, my headline was "Is David Price Stepping Up?", I would say yes with Thompson, although he and Frank Maloney need to be careful going forward about who they fight.
I wish both Price and Thompson well...