Price power to shine through

  • By: Simon Crawford
  • Last Updated: July 6 2013, 9:44 BST

Our boxing editor Simon Crawford believes the power of David Price will see off veteran Tony Thompson in their rematch.

David Price: Surprisingly beaten last time out
David Price: Surprisingly beaten last time out

David Price will hope he can unleash his explosive punching power as he bids to exact revenge on Tony Thompson as the two clash in Liverpool on Saturday night.

The previously unbeaten heavyweight suffered a serious setback to his world title aspirations when he was stopped in the second round by the American veteran (37-3 25KOs) back in February.

An innocuous looking right hook hit the 6ft 8in Price on the side of the head, but it was enough to scramble his senses and he was counted out - although it later emerged he had suffered a perforated ear drum.

It was 29-year-old Price's first defeat in 16 fights in the paid ranks and, not surprisingly, he jumped at the chance to have a quickfire rematch with Thompson, 41 - twice beaten by Wladimir Klitschko in his own attempts to win a world strap.

It would be harsh to suggest this is last-chance saloon for the Beijing Olympian, but it would be difficult to see him fighting at world level any time soon if he was to be beaten again in his home city.

Price had certainly looked like a world title pretender prior to that surprise loss five months ago with 13 of his 15 wins having come inside the distance.

His preparation this time appears to have been meticulous and has included a trip to Canada to be schooled by the legendary Lennox Lewis.

The first fight was so short that it's difficult to take anything from it.

Price was just starting to unleash some solid shots when he was halted and I would be inclined to buy into his theory that he was caught cold - it can happen to any boxer.

With so much at stake for Price, I believe his ability and especially his power will see him get the job done second time round as he boasts considerable height, reach and I would expect weight advantage.

The layers would appear to agree with Price a best of 3/10, while Thompson is a best of 10/3.

That stoppage will no doubt weight heavily on his mind in the early rounds, but if he gets through them relatively unscathed then I think he will go onto dominate and force an early stoppage because there is no doubt he has dynamite in his fists.

I have to admit to being a Price fan and I think he will land a world tittle at some point. Most boxers suffer at least one setback - he has endured one but I think he will have learned from it and he should bounce back.

For this reason I'm going to take the 12/5 Ladbrokes have on offer for a Price victory in rounds 5-8.

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