Posts Tagged ‘David Price’

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It was a matter of time. The narrative was how bad the knockout would be when Alexander Povetkin finally landed a series of hard shots on David Price. The fall was appropriately chilling when a flush left hook bounced Price’s head off the canvas in round five.

When the 6’8 Price fought tall, he found success in countering the 6’2 Povetkin with left hooks from mid-range. This shot resulted in Price scoring a flash knockdown in the third. But overall, Povetkin’s quicker hands and technique allowed him to get inside and punish Price with snapping hooks. The punishment opened a cut above the left eye to accompany a bloody nose and mouth.

This should absolutely be Price’s last time in the ring. He’s 34 and this was a Hail Mary chance to get back in contention. Furthermore, it was an audition to make Povetkin credible as an opponent for Anthony Joshua or possibly even Dillian Whyte should the Wilder bout fail to materialize.

 

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LONDON — David Price’s hopes of returning to heavyweight relevancy may have been dashed for the last time. Last night, Price ran out of gas against a determined Christian Hammer and suffered the fourth stoppage loss of his career.

When there was any distance between them, the 6’8 Price was able to work the jab and target the body. But in close, the bullish Hammer would smash away with clubbing shots when Price tried to rest on the ropes.

Price’s best moment came in the fifth when he floored Hammer off a counter right uppercut. But Hammer recovered and Price exhausted his reserves midway through the sixth. Over the next two rounds, Hammer battered him on the ropes and eventually forced the ref to call off the bout.


You can watch David Price and see the talent. His size and offense are formidable when he’s on. But his flaws, suspect stamina and chin, are absolutely fatal in the heavyweight division. At 33 years old, I see no point in continuing unless Price is ok being a stepping stone for domestic UK prospects.

 

There were a lot of “grown man naps” taken in 2015. This list compiles some of the brutal KOs witnessed over the last 12 months. Here at BeatsBoxingMayhem, we tried to rate them based on three categories — “cleanness” of the punch, level of the opponent KO’d, and the sheer force behind the shot. Enjoy and see if you don’t cringe a few times.

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10. DONOVAN DENNIS KO2 RAZVAN COJANU

Donovan Dennis got a trip to the Boxcino Finals off this counter left that sent Cojanu to dreamland.

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9. ERKAN TEPER KO2 DAVID PRICE

Price was slowly trying to rebuild himself after back to back KO defeats to Tony Thompson in 2013. He strung together four wins before being blasted out in two rounds by Teper. There’s a lot of controversy here since it was discovered five months after the bout that¬†Teper failed a drug test. At press time, the EBU is still upholding the result but vacating the title Teper won.

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8. MAIRIS BREIDIS KO5 MANUEL CHARR

With the heavyweights, all it takes is one punch. In this case, it was an uppercut.

 

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7. ANTONIO RUSSELL KO2 HAROLD REYES

Talk about starting your career with a¬† bang. For his pro debut, Antonio Russell sent Harold Reyes’ brain into another dimension.

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6. OLA AFOLABI KO5 RAKHIM CHAKHIEV

Chakhiev got a bit too wild with his punches and paid dearly for it. The count wasn’t necessary.

 

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5. GABRIEL BRACERO KO1 DANNY O’CONNOR

Danny was done before he even got started. One punch thrown sloppily and Bracero got him right outta there in round one…

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4. TAKASHI UCHIYAMA TKO2 JOMTHONG CHUWATANA

Uchiyama’s nickname is “KO Dyaminte.” It’s well-deserved.

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3. JAVIER RODRIGUEZ KO5 QUINCY WESBY

Coming in, Wesby was on a five-fight losing streak and winless since 2013. You’d think he’d chill on the taunting. He didn’t and appropriately got put to sleep.

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2. IZUAGBE UGONOH KO2 WILL QUARRIE

Want a sure-fire way to end up on a KO list? Knock your opponent out the ring.

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  1. CANELO ALVAREZ KO3 JAMES KIRKLAND

Canelo had been trying to get a Kirkland fight for years. Why? The Mandingo Warrior represented the perfect style matchup. A come forward fighter with suspect defense but loves to trade punches. Canelo had a field day right down to the final shot that made Kirkland do a 180.

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LUDWIGSBURG, Germany — The hope of David Price ascending to the elite of the heavyweight division has been permanently derailed by the fists Erkan Teper, who scored a second round KO tonight at the MHP Arena.

The undefeated Teper (15-0, 10 KOs) showed no fear of Price’s offense and found a home for overhand rights on his taller foe. Price offered little outside of clinching and feeble jabs, allowing Teper to dictate the tempo. A clubbing right followed by a left hook left Price motionless in a corner for the stoppage.

Price falls to 19-3 (16 KOs), snapping a four fight win streak that began after suffering back to back KO defeats to Tony Thompson in 2013.

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Stuttgart, Baden-W√ľrttemberg, Germany — After a disastrous 2013 that saw him suffer two KO defeats at the hands of Tony Thompson, heavyweight David Price is back in the win column with an easy first round stoppage over Istvan Ruzsinszky.

Considering Ruzsinszky had been stopped four times in his nine defeats, it didn’t take Price long to find the mark with his powerful right hand. One straight right froze Ruzsinszky, and the second sent him barreling to the canvas. He beat the count on wobbling legs, prompting referee Joerg Milcke to call it off.

Price will be moving slowly for the foreseeable future, but his team should keep him active with at least 4-5 bouts this year.

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One of the best aspects of boxing in 2013 was the sheer amount of upsets. And it wasn’t debatable decisions — most of these fights saw the favorites getting destroyed in ruthless fashion. Below represents a few of the moments that keep Sweet Science observers abuzz and on their toes when it came to predictions.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Usually, most lists focus on the men. However, the ladies posted two huge upsets in 2013.

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IBETH SILVA UD10 AVA KNIGHT 10/26/13

#1 ranked light flyweight Ava Knight hadn’t lost since 2009. It sure wasn’t expected that she’d fall to Ibeth Silva while making her first challenge for the WBC light flyweight title. The entertaining scrap saw the smaller and stronger Silva working the body and taking over with the inside exchanges down the stretch.

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OXANDIA CASTILLO TKO2 HANNA GABRIEL 2/28/13

If Wonder Woman was real, she’d probably have a body like Hanna Gabriel. The Black Amazon had built a devoted following courtesy of her beauty and four-year, five fight KO streak. Earlier this year, the largely unknown 19-year-old Oxandia Castillo was expected to be in over her head. Instead, she simply ran through the more experienced Gabriel in two rounds. The upset win allowed her to jump into a light middleweight unification match against Cecilia Braekhus.

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10. ROBERT STIEGLITZ TKO4 ARTHUR ABRAHAM 3/23/13

Abraham managed to take a unanimous decision over Stieglitz in 2012. This time, Stieglitz jumped on him from the opening round and never stopped throwing punches. Abraham’s eye was closed in short order and his will broken by the fourth. Stieglitz will be looking to end Abraham’s career when they complete the trilogy on March 1.

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9. JUAN ESTRADA SD12 BRIAN VILORIA 4/6/13

Viloria had been the man at flyweight the last few years. In this fight, it was Estrada who was the boxer-puncher who gave Viloria a boxing lesson. Viloria took a bit of a hiding in the later rounds, but hung tough. One of those “split decison in name only” bouts, as Estrada was the clear winner.

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8. NICK BRINSON UD10 JORGE MELENDEZ 6/7/13

Melendez was the favorite but Brinson, fueled by being in front of his hometown fans, survived a wild 4th round to pull this one out. Also a “Round of the Year” contender in the three minutes below. A fun brawl.

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7. SAM SOLIMAN UD12 FELIX STURM (LATER CHANGED TO A NO CONTEST) 2/1/13

It was shocking how the 40-year-old Sam Soliman was able to outwork and outbox former champion Felix Sturm. Then we found out Soliman tested positive for an illegal stimulant, which shouldn’t be too surprising these days. Although the bout was rightly changed to a No-Contest, this still makes the list for how surprising it was when it went down.

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6. TONY THOMPSON TKO2 DAVID PRICE I 2/23/13

Tony Thompson kicked off his strong 2013 with this surprise KO over previously undefeated David Price. Few saw this one coming.

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5. ALEX LEAPAI UD10 DENIS BOYTSOV 11/23/13

The Germans always “look after” their fighters on the scorecards, so that tells you how badly previously undefeated Denis Boytsov lost this fight by unanimous decision (90-98, 92-96 twice). Boytsov has been a pro since 2004 and the most notable names on his resume are past prime versions of Darnell Wilson and Dominick Guinn. Leapai’s most notable in-ring moment before this was getting KO’d by Kevin Johnson last year, so this was considered another routine easy touch for Boytsov. It was a great, feel-good moment to see the emotional Leapai getting his just due.

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4. SHAWN PORTER UD12 DEVON ALEXANDER 12/7/13

After watching Shawn Porter’s relentless inside game and fast hands in beating Julio Diaz in their rematch, I backed the welterweight upstart to defeat Devon Alexander. Using the Tim Bradley bleuprint, Porter bullied, roughed up and wore out Alexander over the course of the fight. A lot of people didn’t think Porter had the experience. He didn’t need it because he had the right mentality to get the job done.

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3. TONY THOMPSON TKO5 DAVID PRICE 7/6/13

Thompson proved the first fight was no fluke punch in rising from a knockdown to beat down Price to a fifth round stoppage. Credit to Price for taking the rematch, but the wily vet was too smart and durable for him.

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2. MARCOS MAIDANA UD12 ADRIEN BRONER 12/14/13

Don’t count your pay-per-view revenue before it hatches. While Broner was focused on becoming the next Mayweather, he forgot that one of Floyd’s major tenets is not overlooking any opponent. Maidana gave him a vicious and humbling in-ring experience. We await to see if Broner can bounce back and how far Maidana can go in 2014.

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1. JHONNY GONZALEZ TKO1 ABNER MARES 8/24/13

Just a week before this bout, Richard Schaefer proclaimed that Mares was the #2 Pound 4 Pound fighter in the world behind Mayweather. Mares built his credentials by winning Shopwtime’s bantamweight tournament and picking up the WBC featherweight crown by KO’ing Daniel Ponce de Leon.

Gonzalez is a highly-respected vet, but his best years were considered behind him after getting dropped a losing a technical decision to Ponce de Leon. Clearly the most shocking finish of any high-profile fight of 2013, Gonzalez began Mares’ downfall with one well-placed left hook in the very first round.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND — David Price lasted longer, but ultimately couldn’t outgun Tony Thompson in an inside firefight, suffering his second knockout loss to the veteran American contender in the last four months. This fight was supposed to be Price’s redemption, the one where his dispelled the bad chin tag and showed that his brief training with Lennox Lewis would develop skills that would lead him to the top of the heavyweight division. What fans got was more questions, chief among them being whether Price has the mental strength to regain the confidence that Thompson has clearly taken from him.

A SOMBER EVENING IN LIVERPOOL: Following what seemed to be endless intros (including a horrid saxophone rendition of “Born in the USA” that had Apollo Creed spinning in his grave), the first round was a cautious one with Price reluctant to commit to any shots beyond a pawing jab. Thompson wasn’t active himself, but his body movement didn’t have the stiffness or jerky clumsiness of Price’s, indicating that the American vet was much more comfortable with the tense atmosphere.

Price got going in the second by landing well with 1-2 combos. He hurt Thompson with a straight right and forced Thompson into a few wild exchanges. With Price being the bigger puncher, Thompson summarily got the worst of it and was sprawled out on the ropes courtesy of a counter right hook. Thompson rose very slowly at eight and seemed one shot from having another seat. But with just 10 seconds remaining, he was able to survive the stanza.

Price’s confidence appeared through the roof early in the third when he stunned Thompson into the ropes with another right hand. However, Price got very impatient and continued throwing power shots, many of them telegraphed and without the jab setting them up. Thompson remained cool, and by the round’s midway point you could see Price’s movements becoming lethargic.

When Price tried to rest inside, Thompson made him pay with sneaky uppercuts and southpaw right hooks. Price’s decision to cover up inside rather than clinch was costly — Thompson was smart with his punches and made sure his power shots were in position to land around and through Price’s guard.

Th fourth round was no better as Thompson took complete control behind his inside work. Price was a spent bullet, and in the fifth Thompson had him bleeding from the nose behind the constant barrage of in-close hooks and uppercuts. Price stumbled back into the ropes with Thompson right there abusing him with right hands. The ref did Price a hometown favor by stopping the assault for an eight-count. Those few seconds didn’t help and showed Price in dire straits lulling backwards on the ropes, giving the referee¬†no choice but to call off the bout.

THOMPSON’S WISE WORDS: Tony Thompson admitted what we all know — most fighters are scared to death before entering the ring. In Price, he saw a fighter that “scared the hell out of him” — a¬†huge, athletic, young heavyweight with big power. But unlike most fighters, Thompson is where he’s at because he knows how to channel and control that fear. In Price, he sees a guy who hasn’t mastered that essential tool yet.

Price was in great condition but his mind wasn’t.

It was quite obvious from Price’s body language that he was dealing with a lot of nervous energy. Not being relaxed is the quickest way to tire yourself out — your muscles stay tensed and you’re not breathing properly to get your body the oxygen it needs.

Much was also made about Thompson working with Lennox Lewis. But as Thompson pointed out, there’s only so much he was going to pick up in just a few months.

TONY THE HIP-SNAPPER: Speaking of Thompson, he gave the funniest post-fight interview I’ve seen in some time. He boasted that he was going to “break his wife’s hip” in the bedroom after going all camp with no sex (“Oh, there will be pain…”). Such a romantic, that Thompson is. I guess Price learned the hard way you don’t stand between a horny man and his woman.

CAN PRICE REBOUND?: If I were a betting man, I’d say no. Sure, Wladimir Klitschko came back from three KO defeats, but none of them were back to back like this, let alone the losses coming from the same man. To have this happen twice and in front of your hometown fans, it will always be in the back of his mind anytime he gets buzzed by a punch or is in there with an opponent who can take his shots.

TYSON FURY LOVES IT: Tyson Fury has bene clowning on Price since the first KO and he was at it again right after this one.

He won’t be laughing after facing David Haye — I have the Hayemaker knocking him out in devastating fashion. Should that happen, don’t be surprised if Price and Fury face off in crossroads fights next year.

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