David Price vs Tony Thompson

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David Price vs Tony Thompson
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Saturday, February 23, 2013
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Fan Cards: David Price vs Tony Thompson


scorecard by SONNY
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by DIZZY
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by METALHEAD123
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by CHRIS M95
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by NF82
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by HART
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by OLAAIN1994
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by ZAC.RJ
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by CHAMPION97
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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scorecard by ENDOFME1994
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DAVID PRICE
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TONY THOMPSON
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Comments

dizzy's picture

"I told you he was gonna fall for the tricks!". Coming into the bout, I honestly couldn't believe that so many people expected the guy, who had fought Klitschko for the heavyweight crown in his previous bout, to be a mere stepping stone for David Price. The British boxing media badly underestimated Thompson's skills, the guy was a really underappreciated fighter in my opinion, his style wasn't flashy or exciting, but besides the unorthodox way he throws punches (for example, his cross looks like a hybrid of a hook and an uppercut), the guy had a criminally underrated in-ring IQ which allowed him to utilise his fairly limited strenghts almost to 95%, he always had some little tricks in his game plan that his opponent was not prepared for or straight up let slip trough the fingers. The first fight of these two was another example of this. Throughout the both rounds, Thompson was frequently and carefully leaning to his right, making an impression that he was going to throw a single left, expecting Price to react to it by parrying the shot with his own straight shot - and that is exactly what Price did, but what Thompson was actually doing - without anyone, including Price's team, noticing - was setting himself up for moving behind Price's leading arm and throw him out of position, which he was able to fully utilise almost immediately in the 2nd round, with a sequence that happened to be final - Thompson again leans slightly to the right as if he is throwing a single left; Price responds by trying to parry the expected shot with the left hand of his own, but Thompson immediately leans more to the right, effectively moving behind Price's leading arm; Price, suddenly realizing what just happened, tries to catch Thompson with a clubbing right (he also leans really hard with this shot, trying to turn around) in a desperate attempt that was ineffective - Thompson leaves Price out of position and lands a short punch behind the ear, the punch didn't look all that hard but what made it so effective was that a) it's a punch behind the ear, b) Price could not see the shot coming and was caught completely off guard. The referee made the right decision to wave it off, this was a very damaging shot that anyone would have a hard time recovering from, and David Price looked really out of it.

Champion97's picture

We expected him to be somewhat a stepping stone because of how he did against Klitschko, we knew it was a step up, an interesting fight, and a good test for Price, we expected him to win because Thompson didn't have much success in the Klitschko fights, didn't have many impressive wins, and Price had a good amateur background, beat Tyson Fury, won a bronze, and beat Harrison like Wilder did, he also proved he had power against Sexton and Skelton, with how early he stopped them, there was as much reason to think Price would be a world champion as there was to think Wilder would be at that stage, both Bronze medallists who had questionable chins after being hurt in the amateurs, both knocking out their opponent early, but both had fought limited opposition, it was before they were tested in a lot of ways, but Wilder would also have been a favourite against Thompson in 2012 or 13 for the same reasons as Price.

Either you over analyse the fight or I under analyse it, I'll watch it again, and see if I pick up on the things you noticed. I don't remember a great set up from Thompson, it reminded me of when McCall beat Lewis, I don't believe in lucky punches, but I remember it as the first sign of Price's vulnerability as a professional. Price didn't take much damage in the first fight, it's rare that one punch puts significant miles on the clock unless the fighter gets sparked, and even then, it's usually less damaging than sustained beatings, but the referee saved Price for another day, I don't think it was a bad stoppage, because although he hadn't taken much punishment, he looked like he wasn't in a position to defend himself.

One thing that is definitely worth noting is that Thompson's wins over Price are tainted, when a scumbag not only takes PEDs himself but endorses it, you know he's a very dirty fighter, Price was very unlucky to get stopped by three drug cheats, and you have to wonder how much of a factor that was.

dizzy's picture

Didn't even know you're a Brit. The more you know :) I remember there was quite some hype around Price, I believed he was even named Prospect of the Year in 2012 by ESPN, it was understandable why he was widely viewed as the favorite. But people that saw this fight as a mere warm-up for Price before big things would come really underestimated Tony Thompson, the guy had some notable names on his resume coming into the fight, most notably Luan Krasniqi and Dominick Guinn, nothing big but nothing to sneeze at either - especially 5th-round TKO over Krasniqi was close to being big, and he actually gave Klitschko a good fight, especially the first time, he had that awkward style which was not easy to get accustomed to, and he had a history of beating on-paper more talented and skilled opponents.

When it comes to Thompson's work, you have to remember that his technical abilities are fairly limited, and he can't effortlessly move behind his opponent's leading arm like some better technically equipped fighters do, he has to carefully set himself up for it, and I think this was the case. The punch that landed wasn't all that powerful, but precision beats power and timing beats speed - and this was an example of a well-timed precise shot right behind the ear, Price was thrown out of position at that moment and his body wasn't prepared to react to the shot, it caught him completely off guard. That's the beauty of combat sports in general, you can bombard your opponent with a barrage of punches and he would still be standing, but one precise well-timed shot knocks him spark out. Lennox can tell us a thing or two about this, he took a good beating from Ray Mercer and not only withstood but was able to come out as the winner, and then he got knocked out cold by one punch from Hasim Rahman.

Can't really argue with the PED thing, Price was indeed beaten by three drug cheats, he absorbed punishment that he didn't have to, not to mention that the two losses to Thompson badly hurt his stock and derailed the hype, which must've affected how his career went on afterwards. Never liked drug cheating, especially in combat sports where taking unnecessary punishment badly affects your health.

Champion97's picture

I didn't think it was just a warm up, I knew it was a step up, I thought Price would stop Thompson in 5 rounds, but I knew Thompson was the toughest opponent of his career at that point, no doubt. Krasniqi was a good European level fighter, and he was ahead against Brewster, Thompson beating him, Timur Ibragimov, Chazz Witherspoon, and that fact he was so experienced was why he was a level above any of Price's previous opponents, but he was coming off a stoppage loss was in his fourties, he was past his best, fighters who are used as stepping stones and gatekeepers get easier to beat as they get older and more damaged. He didn't give Klitschko a good fight in my opinion, he won two rounds at the most in both fights, got stopped twice, earlier the second time, was probably better the first time. Good point about him being awkward, boxing is often about being hard to prepare for, and it works in your favour to be unorthodox, especially against an inexperienced professional.

I think his sheer fighting experience helped, he knew all the tricks, was savvy. I know timing beats speed more often that not, and a knock out can be more about timing and precision than sheer power, I don't know if I agree precision always beats power or does the majority of the time when it comes to knocking guys out, an example of why is that Mayweather had great timing and precision late in his career, a Lemieux, Matthysse didn't have those attributes, but Mayweather having bad hands, being a small welterweight, and never being a devastating puncher stopped him doing much damage, and Lemieux, Matthysse got away with a low ring IQ because they simply hit so hard. There are fighters who I think are overrated sheer punchers, but get KOs because they are so good at setting up and executing a KO, have great timing and precision, Spence is an example, Lomachencko isn't known as a puncher, but his KO over Martinez was phenomenal.

I know it caught Price off guard, and I'm not saying there was no method behind the shot whatsoever, I know it's a skill to hit a fighter when and where they are vulnerable, I will revisit the fight, but I remember it having more to do with Price making a mistake, not being aware, than a great set up from Thompson, which is why I was fairly confident Price would win the rematch, the fact that it was an immediate rematch made me less confident, but I thought working with Lennox would work in his favour, and at that point, we didn't know Price gassed so easy, had such a weak chin, and had no survival skill, and that was his biggest problem in my opinion, he never knew what to do when he was hurt or even under pressure. It's a very good point, an example might be Khan taking a beating against Chino and Diaz, but Garcia flattened him with one shot, it might not be the best example because it was a bad mistake from Khan, not the hardest to capitalise on, but I know what you mean.

I think the break from boxing will make the PED situation even worse, it will make the testing even more inconsistent, even more fighters will get away with it, and dirty fighters will take even more. More tests being funded, and the anti doping agencies like VADA having the means to do year round testing is what needs to happen before the problem is solved, but it won't happen anytime soon.

dizzy's picture

Returning to the Price situation, I'd also add that he has little head and upper-body movement and his footwork is underwhelming as well, or at least I haven't seen anything impressive from Price in that area, he relies on his guard defense (AKA usage of arms and gloves) way too much because of this, he's vulnerable to body shots because of it (and also because of his lanky stature) which makes it easier for his opponents to sap his stamina, and what's worse, his in-ring IQ hasn't improved since the two Thompson fights.

Drug testing in boxing was a joke to begin with, it's where the lack of a powerful governing body really shines, compare it to the UFC where USADA testing is much more strict and the punishment is no joke there either, and I'm not even mentioning Olympic and FIFA drug testing where it's on a completely different level. The Jarrell Miller situation stands out perfectly, the guy tested positive for at least three different things yet was banned for only 6 months - which, given that boxers have cca two fights a year anyway, is absolutely meaningless. I think the problem won't be solved until national anti-doping organizations won't be more involved into this, but given the spineless nature of boxing governing bodies, and the fact that most boxing promotions would rather collaborate with more flexible VADA, it won't happen anytime soon.

Champion97's picture

I agree, he holds his guard high and covers up, but it isn't a tight guard, he doesn't catch the shot in his glove, bring the elbows down or bring the gloves up when necessary, he seems to have a guard just for the sake of having a guard, and opponents can easily punch through it. Price is defensively poor, and you can't get away with that when you have a bad chin. I don't agree his ring IQ didn't improve, based on the three fights between Kuzmin and Chisora, but I didn't see an improved ring IQ in any fights before that, all those opponents are technically bad. Price boxed well against Allen, it has to be said, it was the best I've ever seen from Price, but I don't know how much of it was skill Price had developed, and how much of it was skill Price has always had, but had been tactically undisciplined to use throughout his career, and against Chisora, he proved to be shot, it was sad to see, I think it's hard to grrargue Chisora is as skilful or as dangerous as Povetkin, and he did a lot worse against Chisora.

I know very little about UFC, but I agree boxing drug testing is a joke, for a number of reasons, Ryan Martin got banned for two years, which is good, but we need to punishment like that more often. Miller got fined heavily at least, and it hurt his stock, and but I agree he should have got a longer ban. If fighters get the punishment they deserve, people lose out financially, that's what it comes down to. Miller is done now, he failed the tests before he could get any good wins, he has no resume, is known more talking than fighting, and he hasn't been built up enough to get opportunities after this.

Gold's picture

I would be cautious saying the UFC's testing is "much more strict" and the punishment is "no joke". I'm not an expert on the subject but even though USADA is theoretically better USADA uses WADA labs as VADA does and the tracking stuff is easily defeated as described by Georges St. Pierre. People can say they are at a location that is remote on a vacation where testers will not easily be able to access, and with drugs that only have a short detection window that is all they need to cycle and juice effectively. Thailand is often mentioned as a place where people do this but I don't know enough to say if this is credible or not. Plus there are nations where it may be difficult for testers to get into or fighters may be tipped off by locals such as Russia, China, Cuba, etc. I've even seen rumors that there were/are informants set up at airports in Florida to tip off MMA fighters that the testers are in town. Olympic testing is defeatable as well for the same reasons plus the fact that doping is a cat and mouse game, with the doping mouse having a huge advantage in funding and a head start in being able to create the substances. The UFC has also favored fighters who tested positive and given them excuses to avoid punishment such as what happened with Jon Jones which is harder to achieve in the decentralized sport of boxing. There's no honest way you could tell me active fighters like Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa aren't doping, Costa openly mocks USADA and drug testing himself. In regards to Miller, as far as I remember there was an issue with banning him for the failed AJ fight tests. If I remember correctly, he wasn't licensed at the time so what could be done about it was limited.

USADA does test for boxing and they are a joke in this sport. They have pretty much a non-existant positive test rate (check first article below) and the guys that have tested positive got passes (in form of retroactive TUEs, or plain old nothing being done about it). Recently they let off someone because they said they got peds during sex.

Read: https://tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured-boxing-articles-boxing-news-videos-ran...

https://tss.ib.tv/boxing/featured-boxing-articles-boxing-news-videos-ran...

VADA testing is more strict and finds more.....but enforcement is the key

Gold's picture

Good articles, I had forgotten those cases involved USADA specifically.

dizzy's picture

Apparently this web isn't protected against re-submitting the form :/. Can I ask you which programming language have you used?

Gold's picture

You would have to contact Zoe about that who owns the site

dizzy's picture

Maybe an option of deleting/hiding my comment would be great too, but I'm obviously not gonna tell you how to take care of your website, I'm an amateur when it comes to these things.

Thompson did nothing at all in round 1, how did anyone score that for him??