By James Slater
As Liverpool heavyweight David Price attempts to come to terms with losing for a second time via stoppage to Tony Thompson, his co-trainer/advisor Lennox Lewis has, at least partly, put last night’s second mauling at the hands of “The Tiger” down to stamina problems on the part of Price. Price, who is still the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champ, told Sky Sports that he has to “come to terms with another defeat and another major disappointment,” and has not given any indication that he may hang up his gloves. Lennox says that once Price’s stamina issues are “fixed” the major problem may be sorted out.
“It was a very important fight for him so maybe it could be nervous energy, it could be low blood sugar. We need to investigate what exactly the problem is,” Lewis said while attempting to understand why Price ran out of gas so alarmingly last night in Liverpool. “To become a great fighter you have to have a good chin, you have to have stamina, you have to be able to box on the inside and on the outside and you can’t get cut. So we find that David has a stamina problem; all we have to do is fix that.”
Meanwhile, an emotional Frank Maloney, the promoter of Price, said post-fight that he will see what Price wants to do and will stick with him if he indeed fights on, while hinting that he may well quit the sport himself if Price walks away. Maloney, who has had health scares in the past, was in tears as his interviewer asked him how he was feeling after last night’s upsetting night.
We can only wish Frank and David best wishes for the future.
In other news relating to last night’s 5th-round TKO win by Thompson, one-time Price Rival Tyson Fury has, to nobody’s surprise, stuck the boot in; criticising both Price and Lennox Lewis.
“I told Lennox that Price would not make it but nice try maybe Team Fury will let you carry the bucket! Lol,” Fury wrote on Twitter. “I just saw one pathetic performance. No jab gassed. No footwork and hurt to body and head. What Lennox has he been doing?????”
Regarding Fury, the word is his eagerly awaited showdown with David Haye will be announced this week, perhaps on Thursday.