Christian Hammers David Price

By Robert Ecksel on February 5, 2017
Christian Hammers David Price
Christian Hammer landed more punches, followed by more punches on the Liverpudlian.

Despite clichés to the contrary, size doesn’t always matter, especially if it’s not backed up by skill and stamina…

Saturday night at the Olympia in Kensington, London, United Kingdom, David Price (21-4, 18 KOs), the perennial contender from Liverpool, Merseyside, UK, was knocked out by WBO European heavyweight champion Christian Hammer (21-4, 12 KOs), from Hamburg, Germany, by way of Galati, Romania, at 1:22 of the seventh round of a scheduled 12.

Whatever dreams of championship glory Price might have entertained going into the fight have all but evaporated after the loss.

Fighting out of the blue corner in red trunks trimmed in gold, Price, at 6-feet-8 inches and 275 pounds, is an impressive specimen. But at the age of 33 and having now lost two of his last four fights and four of his last 10, all by stoppage, it looks like his career is nearing an end.

Hammer, fighting out of the red corner in blue trunks with red trim, has lost only once in six years, to Tyson Fury six years ago. He’s no world beater, however, and at only 6-feet-2-inches is a small heavyweight by today’s standards.

But size, despite clichés to the contrary, doesn’t always matter, especially if it’s not backed up by skill and stamina.

After four fairly inconsequential rounds, where Price used his long jab to keep Hammer at bay, Price began to run out of gas in the fifth and was holding on. Hammer had worked his way inside and was nailing Price, when the Liverpudlian landed a four-punch combination followed by a right uppercut that dropped Hammer to the seat of his trunks with 12 seconds left in the round.

Hammer made it to his feet at the count of eight and was saved by the bell from further punishment.

Between rounds Price’s cornerman said, “Sting him now. Sting him. Hit him with a right hand. See what he’s got. Then go to the body. It’s your fight to lose. Understand that.”

Both men went for broke in the sixth. Price landed a right uppercut that hurt Hammer and drove him to the ropes. Hammer countered with a right hand followed by a left hook that rocked the challenger. With his hands at his waist, Price kept pressing forward, but got caught by a three-punch salvo that hurt him again. With both fighters exhausted and Price’s legs all but gone, Hammer was hammering him when the bell rand to end round six.

A short right uppercut 30 seconds into the seventh drove Price to the corner. Hammer landed two right hands. Price, who kept bending over at the waist, was too tired to even clinch. Hammer landed more punches, followed by more punches on the defenseless David Price. With Price reeling and not firing back, the referee Phil Edwards waved it off.

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  1. Steve from Palm Beach 04:28pm, 02/07/2017

    A modern day Duane Bobick. Sad. Seems like a nice guy.

  2. Kid 11:16am, 02/07/2017

    Koolz, thanks lad

  3. Koolz 11:14am, 02/07/2017

    David Price…ok that’s it.  He couldn’t even make it past the seventh round with out losing all his energy.  I would have to say the best moment was Price’s head actually down almost to his waist because he didn’t have the energy to pick it up….Hands at his waist because he didn’t have the energy to raise them? 

    If we look at the Heavyweight Division they are sort of embarrassing.
    Great write up Kid!

  4. Kid 12:37pm, 02/06/2017

    My pleasure Irish

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:36pm, 02/06/2017

    @Kid-Just great! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Kid 11:53am, 02/06/2017

    Not my post. It’s from a mate on another site but it resonates 100% with my feelings.

    “I feel sorry for David Price, who comes across as a thoroughly decent bloke. I also respect anybody who has the guts to actually step in the ring.

    “He was a very good amateur, and his height and technique was well suited to the shorter format. He could definitely punch, he was well schooled and he had those great height and reach advantages.

    ” However, even when he was still an amateur, those in the know had questions about his chin and his stamina.

    ” After the obligatory blow outs against incompetent journeymen, the hype machine began working overtime. He has being compared favourably with the similarly sized Tyson Fury at the time .... but Fury is a fighter through and through and I never got the impression that Price was, deep down, a fighter at heart. Softly spoken, introspective and quite self deprecating - I was not convinced he was a man confident in his abilities.

    ” With his losses, we have seen exactly the same pattern. A bright start, then a shocking collapse. Price is a very very big man, and his weight against Hammer was ridiculous! I don’t join in the criticism of his corner, someone with elite level pretensions should have coped easily with the game but limited Hammer.

    “A man lacking confidence in his durability will always fight ‘tense’, and this stress is hugely debilitating and tiring. I think that, as well as lacking stamina generally, this psychological tension has just led to all the strength draining out of the guy by the fifth round. He was so exhausted he literally couldn’t hold his hands up.

    ” There is no doubting the man’s courage, and - actually - Price has had a career he should be proud of. Boxing is hard, and very few people make it a success. How many of the keyboard warriors on here have accomplished a fraction of what David Price has?

    “He could very easily continue his career at domestic level. There are many worse heavyweights than him plying a trade up and down the UK. But I do think his faults are too deep seated to correct quickly and in the glare of the public.

    “my worries aren’t about his career. Any fighter who is huge and heavy, and who has courage .... but who literally cannot defend himself when tired is going to risk their long term health.

    ” Nobody wants to see this fundamentally decent man irreparably harmed, or to join the long long list of people broken by the sport.”

    Very thoughtful and very humane.

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:14am, 02/05/2017

    Man!... this dream is really dying hard! But….guess what….at least he had a dream!

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