DEPENDING on your point of view, the career trajectory of heavyweight David Price has been influenced either by mismanagement – taking the wrong fights at the wrong time – or an inherent fragility that was always going to be the Liverpudlian’s Achilles’ heel regardless of the opposition.
Certainly, there’s a case to be made that his first career loss, against Tony Thompson in 2013, was an inevitable outcome to a bad bit of matchmaking. That said, few were screaming mismatch or too-much-too-soon before Thompson pulled off the upset and stopped Price in the second round.
The same goes for the rematch. Now, looking back, it seems an awful idea to throw Price back in with the awkward southpaw who had just stopped him in fairly emphatic fashion. But again, at the time, most considered it a risk worth taking; a chance for Price to quickly right a perceived wrong.