By Niall Doran
Liverpool heavyweight David Price (15-2, 13KOs) returns to action this weekend when he takes on German Konstantin Airich (19-7-2) out in Stuttgart this Saturday.
On paper this is one I expect Price to deal with fairly comfortably if I’m honest, but a lot of the bigger questions will be surrounding whether or not the big man from Liverpool can get himself back into the heavyweight picture this year. Here are 3 reasons why he might just do:
New Trainer And Sports Psychologist
In recent months there has been a little bit of chaos going on to say the least involving Price finding a new trainer. He left his long time trainer initially late last year to join up with the very well known Adam Booth but subsequently was forced to part company with him less than a month after joining due to reported business differences between Booth and Price’s new promotional company Sauerland.
However, since then Price has enlisted the help of top American trainer Tommy Brooks. Brooks is well known within the boxing industry for being a top coach and his style and personality could indeed gel very well with Price in my opinion. Price has also added a sports psychologist to his team which could be something that the scouser very well needs and could prove to be a fruitful experience for him.
Heavyweight Scene More Open Than Ever
Now that Vitali has retired the heavyweight scene is more open than it has been arguably within the last decade. With a fight muted soon for the vacant WBC belt to be contested between Arreola and Stiverne, I think Price would fancy his chances against a lot of the contenders that are out there at present. He won’t be getting too far ahead of himself just yet though and will be very focused I would imagine on just getting his confidence back first this year with a couple of solid wins before he even thinks about going back in with anyone of real threat.
Form Is Temporary, Class Is Permanent
If you look at the 1st defeat Price suffered last year to Tony Thompson, I think he was a tad unlucky to be caught with a punch right on the ear drum that caused a perforation like it did that caused him to lose his balance and go down, after all the ear is vital for balance. It wasn’t like he was knocked absolutely out cold, and you could say the same in the 2nd fight. Granted that was a more clear cut and decisive win for Thompson, but Price did have “The Tiger” in heaps of trouble early on, only for his gas tank to let him down as the fight went on and allow Thompson to ultimately force the stoppage. This lack of stamina was fairly alarming in my opinion and if it has been corrected I think David Price could certainly become a contender in the heavyweight division again. After all Price does have a hell of a lot of amateur pedigree and serious power, perhaps the old saying of “form is temporary, class is permanent” will ring true for the him eventually, time will tell…
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