Eye on the Heavyweights – Brit David Price Returns Sunday

Brit David Price Returns Sunday – This Sunday, May 29th at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool popular cruiserweight Tony Bellew (26-2-1) faces Ilunga Makabu for the vacant WBC world title. The card is promoted by the prolific Eddie Hearn and his Matchroom Boxing and the featured fights are set to air on SKY in the United Kingdom.

Returning to the ring after a layoff of nearly a year is heavyweight David Price (19-3) as the 32 year old is scheduled for an eight rounder against Vaclav Pejsar (9-2) of the Czech Republic.

Price turned professional in March of 2009 after winning the bronze medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The gigantic 6’8″ fighter had good mobility and power and he started off his career with fifteen wins in a row.

In February of 2013 it was time for a step-up fight for Price. Now Price is not Tyson Fury brash, but back then he had a lot of confidence in his game and there were many who saw him as the next British heavyweight who would impact the world title scene. The selection of cagey 41 year old American veteran Tony Thompson (36-3) for his step-up fight would prove to be a mistake as Thompson blasted out Price in the second round with one big right hand.

Price and his handlers labelled the fight a fluke and they confidently demanded a re-match. Thompson had just come off his second fight against Wladimir Klitschko but he was known more as a sparring partner than a true contender when he dispatched Price the first time. Thompson was more than happy to oblige Price and he promptly knocked Price out a second time.

Price’s flaw had been exposed. His chin had let him down twice in a row and his career took a turn away from the top of the heavyweight division where he thought he belonged. More cautiously, he progressed with his career and went 4-0 against mid-range competition.

In July of 2015 he earned a shot at the vacant European title facing Erkan Tepper and the wheels came off yet again. Tepper flattened Price with one huge punch, leaving him on his back quite motionless except for an occasional twitch. Worse than that, now in his 30’s, the formerly athletic fighter looked slower and more plodding. Price was called upon to seriously consider retirement.

Then the news broke that Tepper had tested positive for a steroid prior to their bout and Price started to hear the call again. No less a figure than Tyson Fury, who is apparently now an expert on just about anything and everything, called on Price to make one more run. And now here we are.

Pejsar has eight knock outs in his nine wins and at 6’4″ and roughly 230 lbs, he figures to be mobile. A win for Price will see him once again start to throw his name around looking for big title fights. But that could all end for good if Pejsar lands one big punch.

Graphic sent by The Boxing Channel’s friend in the Czech Republic, Marek Jelinek.

 

 

 

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-brownsugar :

Price has a unique set of physical and technical tools,. ... when he's confident, his toolset is nearly second to none, but without the mental component, the ability to recover and/or simply the ability absorb punishment, by any means necessary, he's just a huge imposing shell of what his potential should be. Can't blame a guy for trying. Although I feel that obviously, the handwriting is already on the wall for this guy....Price is one of my few picks to make it to the bigtime that went awry. Currently watching the Charlo replay. JRock Williams had some startling revelations about Jermall and Jermell that were really on the money. He said Jermell fights better going backward and has fought the better competition. (Which is entirely true) He also said Jermall was basic and doesn't have half the skills and finess of his brother, which is why he wants Jermall first and then Jermell. He also credits Trout with upsetting Jermall by winning the entire second half of the fight. JRock is stalking the twins like a eagle stalks it's prey,. Apparently Trout was also so bothered by Williams disparaging comments about Trout being over-the-hill before the fight. That Trout displayed a moment of solidarity with Jermal... when he tasked Jermall to "don't let Williams take the belt man" after the fight. It seems that Jermall has earned an ally in this regard even though Trout felt that he was totally jobbed by the decision. It will be interesting to see Who will become the king of the junior middle division. Will it be Charlo, Andrade, or Williams?.....or is there some eastern block destroyer waiting in the wings to take over?....and will Canelo take part in the struggle or simply stay in the "no threat" zone of fighting guys with big name recognition but have a low percentage to actually make a competitive fight? I'll be watching closely.


-deepwater2 :

Price has a unique set of physical and technical tools,. ... when he's confident, his toolset is nearly second to none, but without the mental component, the ability to recover and/or simply the ability absorb punishment, by any means necessary, he's just a huge imposing shell of what his potential should be. Can't blame a guy for trying. Although I feel that obviously, the handwriting is already on the wall for this guy....Price is one of my few picks to make it to the bigtime that went awry. Currently watching the Charlo replay. JRock Williams had some startling revelations about Jermall and Jermell that were really on the money. He said Jermell fights better going backward and has fought the better competition. (Which is entirely true) He also said Jermall was basic and doesn't have half the skills and finess of his brother, which is why he wants Jermall first and then Jermell. He also credits Trout with upsetting Jermall by winning the entire second half of the fight. JRock is stalking the twins like a eagle stalks it's prey,. Apparently Trout was also so bothered by Williams disparaging comments about Trout being over-the-hill before the fight. That Trout displayed a moment of solidarity with Jermal... when he tasked Jermall to "don't let Williams take the belt man" after the fight. It seems that Jermall has earned an ally in this regard even though Trout felt that he was totally jobbed by the decision. It will be interesting to see Who will become the king of the junior middle division. Will it be Charlo, Andrade, or Williams?.....or is there some eastern block destroyer waiting in the wings to take over?....and will Canelo take part in the struggle or simply stay in the "no threat" zone of fighting guys with big name recognition but have a low percentage to actually make a competitive fight? I'll be watching closely.
No one cares about Price. It is what it is. Feed Price to Deontey. DW will get an easy knockout like the rest of the cream puffs he has faced. Price vs Wilder because boxing stinks sometimes.


-brownsugar :

Yep Price was a big disappointment for sure. Hearing about his sessions with a sports psychologist isn't helping either.


-Bernie Campbell :

Talk about the Ricky Byrns fight will you!


-stormcentre :

:)