Revenge or Repeat?

By Robert Ecksel on July 1, 2013
Revenge or Repeat?
"Who has beaten Wladimir in ten years? Who has tested Wladimir the most in ten years?"

If revenge is a dish best served cold, heavyweight contender David Price is wise to be working with someone as cool as Lennox Lewis…

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”—Pierre Ambroise Francois Choderlos de Laclos (1741–1803)

If revenge is a dish best served cold, David Price is wise to be working with someone as cool as Lennox Lewis.

On Saturday, July 6, at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, heavyweight contender David Price (15-1, 13 KOs) seeks to avenge his shocking KO loss to Washington, DC southpaw Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KOs).

Price was being touted as a future heavyweight champion of the world.  At 6-foot-8-inches he has the size to compete with the division’s Goliaths, but until February of this year the 29-year-old Liverpudlian had mostly fought steppingstones and gatekeepers.

Tony the Tiger more or less fit into that category, with the added wrinkle that he is 41 years old. What distinguishes Thompson from the likes of Matt Skleton, Audley Harrison, Sam Sexton and John McDermott is the fact that he twice fought Wladimir Klitschko. His efforts were losing efforts, but at least Thompson had been there and done that, which is more than can be said for David Price.

The 6-foot-5-inch Thompson wasn’t supposed to flatten Price, even less in a second round, and it led to some soul-searching on the part of his supporters. Is the big man’s defense inadequate? Is his chin made of china? Is he ready for prime time? The same supporters, perhaps still in shock, were reluctant to give Thompson his due. That’s nothing new as far as the Tiger is concerned, but he dislikes it just the same.

“People who think I was lucky in our first fight,” he growled, “know shit about fighting. People want to make excuses about why people aren’t successful, but people who tell David that aren’t doing him any favors because I am a bad motherf***er and I am going to prove that.”

Anyone who doesn’t think Thompson is bad needs to watch the replay of the first fight.

“I have lost three times,” he continued, “twice against Wladimir Klitschko and I think people forget that. That pisses me off. Who has beaten Wladimir in ten years? Nobody. Who has tested Wladimir the most in ten years? Me.

“Anybody can get knocked out in the heavyweight division and I don’t want to say David will be overly cautious, but I do see him being more careful. I can see him changing the game plan where he is going to box a little more and use his God-given abilities. I don’t think he will let me catch him with the same punch. I don’t know if he will hold back. We have trained to walk straight to David and beat him up. We’ve also trained where he will be aggressive and we can capitalize on his mistakes.”

So as to not make any mistakes on which Thompson can capitalize, Price enlisted the services of former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. The men have much in common. Both are big. Both are British. And Lewis suffered a couple of devastating KO losses of his own, to Oliver McCall in 1994 and Hasim Rahman in 2001, both of which he learned from and were later avenged.

“He has made a wise move,” said Lewis of Price. “As a past heavyweight champion I know a lot of things he needs to do, and working with me he has upped his game a lot more. David is not that far away from a world title fight but you have to develop.”

That development will or will not reveal itself this Saturday.

“There are parallels there between us,” Price added. “But at this stage the difference is Lennox Lewis went and got back on the horse. I’ve yet to do that, but I’m confident that I will climb back on that horse and put myself right back in the heavyweight title mix.”

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  1. Koolz 05:54am, 07/02/2013

    And can Price get back on the horse if he is KO’d a second time?

    Because I don’t think he is good enough to just go back and fight Thompson
    right away for revenge, in fact I think it was a dumb career move.

    If Thompson beats him a second time he needs to take a step back and work his way back up .

  2. Ted 09:56am, 07/01/2013

    The Tiger has the better risk-reward on this one.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:15am, 07/01/2013

    Memo to David: Beware of Tony’s Sunday punch…..that choppy ass, bent elbow, right hand, something or other, behind your left ear because if you let him land it again we’ll be talking about David Price the ex-fighter. Moreover, if Lennox hasn’t stressed this to you in training then he’s not really on your side, now is he?

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