Goodnight Sweet Price

By Sean Ness on July 18, 2015
Goodnight Sweet Price
Teper, his team and the paying audience in the Ludwigsburg MHP Arena were rapturous.

The German knocked out a man who many thought, despite his previous two losses, could still challenge for world title honors…

Tonight in Ludwigsburg MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany, one-time British heavyweight hope and Liverpool native David Price was knocked out in the second of a 12-round fight for the vacant European heavyweight title by undefeated Erkan Teper, who now takes his record to 15 wins and 0 losses with 10 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

With a three-inch height advantage over his German opponent, David Price appeared confident at the opening bell. Making use of his jab and throwing some decent combinations, the apparent power behind Price’s punches didn’t seem to be causing his opponent any real problems. Looking comfortable, composed and dangerous, and landing some telling shots of his own, it was evident that Teper was starting to boss the fight with some damage appearing over Price’s eye as the two fighters headed to their corners at the end of the first round.

In round two, it was a case of déjà-vu all over again. Teper looked comfortable and confident, while Price looked uncomfortable and static. Taking the fight to his opponent, the German threw a right hand before catching Price with a huge left hook landing bang on the chin sending the one-time heavyweight prospect to the canvas in devastating circumstances. It was lights out for the Liverpudlian with referee Massimo Barrovecchio waving off the fight. Teper, his team and the paying audience inside the Ludwigsburg MHP Arena were rapturous.

Where does David Price go from here? Can he rebuild? With a career now in tatters and his confidence kaput, there are too many questions, and too many doubts, regarding the Liverpool fighter’s career. Price is a great guy, as echoed by many professionals in the fight game. Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, and other formidable names in the heavyweight division have all bounced back stronger than ever when life has given them lemons, but it appears that it may not be the case in regard to boxing’s Mr. Nice Guy.

How does the old saying go? Nice guys finish last?

Erkan Teper will be delighted to get the win over a man who many thought, despite his previous two losses, could still challenge for world title honors. The confident yet not the best-conditioned heavyweight in the world will be delighted to pick up the vacant European heavyweight title with his stock rising in the process. This win not only gives him a legitimate title, it also throws his name into the mix with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, and many other world title contention names. With a come-forward pressuring style, I’m personally excited to see how he handles his next fight after stepping up in class tonight.

So who can we expect to see Erkan Teper in the ring with next? With Wladimir Klitschko fighting British heavyweight hopeful Tyson Fury in the coming months, it would almost certainly rule out a fight with these two fighters. Anthony Joshua has been very active this year and this week confirmed a fight with the undefeated Scottish heavyweight prospect, Gary Cornish. With ring nemesis Dillian Whyte also in Joshua’s headlights, it would appear that a fight with Teper may need to take a back step for now. But the temptation of fighting for the European heavyweight title might just tempt Joshua sooner rather than later.

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  1. KB 06:52pm, 07/20/2015

    AKT has the beat

  2. McGrain 11:35am, 07/18/2015

    How did he manage to get that head under the bottom rope without disturbing the bottom rope?

  3. AKT 03:13am, 07/18/2015

    It’s something about fighting that saying .. it goes - its not about the size of the dog in the fight but rather the fight in the dog. You’re either have than instinct or you don’t. I don’t believe David Price does. He has every attribute possible to do every bit of damage, but something is just missing. I hope he gets back on track. If only he had that next gear up needed whenever in uncharted territory - stuff that requires more creativeness, he’d be phenomenal.

  4. AKT 03:04am, 07/18/2015

    As Ted would say - “Irish frankie, you have the beat”

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:42pm, 07/17/2015

    He’s crestfallen but he’s given it his all and has nothing to be ashamed of….who knows, if he decides to continue, which he just might, he would be best served by adopting Wlad’s hug, drape, and spear style of fighting. I predict that if lardass Teper gets in with Joshua he will get bounced right out of the ring.

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:29pm, 07/17/2015

    There’s no mystery here….the sad truth is this….if he fought Thompson ten times he would suffer eight more KOs….the only question would be which round….it’s just that basic.

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