David Price (boxer)

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David Price
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Price in 2008
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)[1]
Reach 82 in (208 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1983-07-06) 6 July 1983 (age 34)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 25
Wins 21
Wins by KO 18
Losses 3
No contests 1

David Price (born 6 July 1983) is a British professional boxer. He is a former top-rated prospect who is known for his punching power, having held the British, English, and Commonwealth heavyweight titles between 2012 and 2013. Price also had a celebrated amateur career, winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and three ABA titles; all in the super-heavyweight division.

Amateur career[edit]

Early in his career, Price boxed for Long Lane ABC before leaving through lack of available funding, for Salisbury ABC and in 2003 became the youngest ever A.B.A champion in the super-heavyweight division, at 19 years and 272 days old.[2] He competed for England at a number of international tournaments, he beat Travis Kauffman twice at the 2003 USA vs. England Tournament. In August 2003 he won the Commonwealth Confederations tournament in Kuala Lumpur, defeating Muzzafar Iqbal of Pakistan 21:9, and Justin Whitehead of Australia 22:6. He then defeated Gregory Corbin on points in the England–US duel in Liverpool.

Price lost to Roberto Cammarelle in the quarter-finals of the European Amateur Boxing Championships in Bulgaria in 2004, a defeat that prevented him from going to the Athens Olympics. Later that year Price made it to the finals of the Tammer Tournament in Finland, but he was stopped by Bermane Stiverne. He bounced back to win his second A.B.A Title in March 2005, defeating Damien Campbell of Repton ABC in the final. He also went on to win the 4 Nations Championships and two weeks later, a win which enabled him to compete in the inaugural 4 Nations vs Cuba match, in which he was his side's sole victor, defeating Lisovan Hernandez. He participated at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships but lost on points to Robert Helenius 25-22.

At the Strandya Cup in Bulgaria, he was stopped by Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov, though he ended the year on a high note defeating highly touted teenage compatriot and future unified world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 22:8. Then going on to win his 3rd A.B.A title, defeating Tom Dallas 27:4. At the 2007 Commonwealth Championships he stopped Australian Daniel Beahan in the final.

2006 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Price captained the 2006 Commonwealth Games boxing team in Melbourne and achieved a gold medal there, beating Indian Varghese Johnson in the process, despite being knocked down three times.[3]

2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships[edit]

At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago he defeated three opponents including Marko Tomasović of Croatia 23:11, Frenchman Mohamed Samoudi whom he stopped, Primislav Dimovski (Skopje) 20:4 but a hand injury kept him from showing for his fight against Roberto Cammarelle. GB head coach Terry Edwards said: "David has boxed particularly well in these World Championships and it is therefore a big disappointment that he was unable to box for automatic Olympic qualification here in Chicago, a right he had fought for."

2008 Olympic Games[edit]

Two years after his Commonwealth Games success, Price captained the GB team who went to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, beating Romanian World Junior Champion Cristian Ciocanu to qualify. Price met European Champion Islam Timurziev in the first round of the Olympics, and stopped the Russian in the second round after dropping him to the canvas on two occasions in the round, the scores were level at 2:2 at the time. The next round saw Price matched against Lithuanian Jaroslavas Jakšto but Price progressed into the next round after Jakšto retired with an injury at the end of the first round when the scorecards favored Price, 3:1. Guaranteed at least a bronze medal, David Price was to meet Italian world champion Roberto Cammarelle, a bout in which the referee stopped in the second round when the scores favored the eventual Olympic gold medalist, Cammarelle, 10:1. The Englishman ended an impressive run at the Olympics with a bronze medal in the 91+kg Super-Heavyweight division. After winning a bronze medal, and not achieving the gold he sorely wanted, he announced his intention to turn professional.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He stopped fellow British fighter Tom Dallas at the Liverpool Olympia, inflicting a second-round TKO propelling Price closer to a British Title shot. He scheduled a bout with John McDermott, due to take place on 5 November 2011, but Price was forced to pull out of the British and Commonwealth title eliminator with a rib injury which he suffered in sparring with former England team-mate Danny Price. Price also sparred with fellow heavyweight David Haye before Haye's world title fight with Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011.

On 21 January 2012 David Price was fighting for the English Heavyweight title against an experienced fighter in John McDermott. The winner of the bout would be the mandatory challenger against the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury; who many fans and pundits felt that McDermott won against in the first bout between the pair. It only took 73 seconds of the first round for Price to win against McDermott. Price knocked down McDermott 3 times before the referee, Howard John Foster, decided to end the bout; inflicting McDermott with a TKO defeat.

ESPN Prospect of the year[edit]

On 19 May 2012 at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, David Price beat Sam Sexton in a fourth-round KO victory, and won the vacant British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. Widely considered Price's best performance to date, he impressively controlled the bout with his jab and distance, hurting Sexton badly whenever he connected. In the fourth round Price knocked Sexton out cold. Price's promoter Frank Maloney likened the victory to Lennox Lewis' breakout performance against Donovan Ruddock and Price was universally considered at that time to be the most dangerous up and coming contender in the division.

On 13 October 2012 he made his first defence of his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against fellow Olympian Audley Harrison at Liverpool's Echo Arena on the 'Battle of the Olympians' bill, scoring the most brutal and vicious knockout of his career to date. Price landed a powerful right hand after 30 seconds sending Harrison retreating to the ropes, he then unloaded with a concussive combination; an uppercut followed by body blow and then a right hand that shattered Harrison's nose and sent him to the canvas unconscious. It had taken Price just 82 seconds to score the win and he showed genuine concern for his opponent after the fight.[4] Immediately after the fight, it was confirmed that Price would box Matt Skelton on 30 November. He knocked out Skelton in the 2nd round of the fight.

As a result of his impressive performances and formidable punching power, Price was named Prospect of the Year by ESPN in 2012.[5]

Consecutive defeats[edit]

Price vs. Thompson[edit]

On 23 February 2013, Price lost his first professional fight, as he was stopped in two rounds by former world title challenger Tony Thompson. Price was a heavy betting favourite among bookmakers and many were intrigued to see how Price would fare against a common Wladimir Klitschko opponent. Price took his time but was seemingly in total control of the bout. In the second round Price caught Thompson with a right hand sending him hurt to the ropes, he then launched his first big attack of the bout. Thompson had been cautious and tentative throughout and it looked as though he was soon to be taken over and stopped, however to the crowd's shock Thompson threw a counter right hand that hit him awkwardly behind the ear sending him to the canvas, Price beat the count but the location of the punch behind the ear and on the neck damaged his equilibrium and the bout was waved off. Thompson had scored the heavyweight upset of the year at that point.[6]

Price vs. Thompson II[edit]

On 6 July 2013, Price fought Thompson for the second time in five months. Price put Thompson down heavily in round 2 with a powerful right hook, Thompson beat the count but attested afterwards that it was the hardest he'd ever been hit in his life. Price seemed very emotionally involved in the bout and as such grew frustrated and weary as the fight wore on. Both men traded shots in an exciting encounter but Thompson grew with confidence and began to take over the latter part of the fight. Price, who seemed unusually exhausted after round 4, was ordered by Lennox Lewis from ringside to stand up in the corner between rounds to liven himself. Price seemed to collapse mentally and physically in the fifth round, at one point turning his back to Thompson and retreating to the corner where the referee started a count. Price motioned as though he had given up and the referee stopped the fight awarding Thompson a 5th-round TKO victory.[7] After this loss it was announced that Thompson had failed a drugs test and was subsequently banned by the British Boxing Board of Control for 18 months.[8]

Rebuilding in Germany[edit]

On 15 November 2013, it was announced that Price would be signing a promotional deal with German boxing promoter Team Sauerland[9] and on 5 December 2013 it was announced that he would be vacating his British and Commonwealth titles.[10]

In his first fight back following the back-to-back losses to Thompson, Price got back to winning ways with a first-round knockout victory over Istvan Ruzsinszky in Stuttgart, Germany on 25 January 2014. Price displayed his trademark power flooring Ruzsinszky, who was a late replacement for Konstantin Airich, with a big right hand.[11]

Price recorded a second successive win on 12 April 2014 with the third-round knockout of Ondrej Pala in Esbjerg, Denmark. Price was caught in the first round and sent to the canvas but incredibly was able to not only beat the count but recover immediately, Pála couldn't believe Price was still standing and seemed disheartened. Price ended matters with a brutal third-round knockout and was visibly happy with his display of heart and power.[12] Price was forced to climb off the canvas after a flash knockdown in the opening round, but was able to regain his composure in the second stanza before flooring Pala twice in the third and final round, forcing the referee to call a halt to the action.

In his next contest, Price comfortably outpointed Yaroslav Zavorotnyi on 7 June 2014 in Schwerin, Germany. After ten hard fought rounds, for the first time in four years, the former British and Commonwealth went the scheduled distance, leaving the decision in the hands of the judges.[13]

On 21 February 2015, Price defeated Irineu Beato Costa Junior in Berlin, Germany. After a cautious start, Price began to boss his Brazilian opponent around the ring, before unloading a massive right hand in the sixth-round to finish the fight prematurely. Following the fight Price declared his intentions to return home to Liverpool for his next fight.[14] Price was also made mandatory challenger for the vacant European Heavyweight title.[15]

Price vs. Teper[edit]

On 17 July 2015, Price fought German boxer Erkan Teper, little-known but with an undefeated record of 15 fights. The bout was for the vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight title and presented an opportunity for Price to become a top contender again. Price, who was the betting favourite, was caught in the second round with a left hook that knocked him unconscious. However, the German was later found to have failed a drugs test. Teper was subsequently banned and the result changed to a No-Contest.[16]

Career from 2016–2017[edit]

In February 2016, Price confirmed Dave Coldwell as his new trainer ahead of his May 29 fight at Goodison Park.[17] It was announced Price would fight Vaclav Pejsar (9-2, 8 KOs) on the Bellew-Makabu undercard.[18] Price was considerably bigger and more solid than in previous fights. During the first round, Price threw a counter uppercut that knocked Pejsar to the ground for the first time in his career and gave him a black eye. Pejsar came out aggressively in the second but eventually got put down from another uppercut and failed to beat the count.[19] Following the victory Price publicly announced his desire to challenge current IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

Price continued his comeback on 1 October in Germany, stopping journeyman Ivica Perkovic in the second round with a body shot. Price was in control from the opening and his speed and power seemingly too much for the journeyman with a reputation for durability. Price hit Perkovic so hard in round two that it forced him to ask for the fight to be stopped as he was in too much agony to continue. He stated he now wanted to fight Joseph Parker if he can not secure a fight with Joshua. Price signed to fight Dave Allen in another tune up bout on 22 October but was forced to pull out due to illness.[20]

Price vs. Hammer[edit]

On January 8, 2017 it was announced that Price would fight on the undercard of IBO super-middleweight bout Eubank Jr.-Quinlan at the Olympia in London on 4 February against WBO European heavyweight champion Christian Hammer (20-4, 11 KOs) to take place on ITV Box Office. Hammer won a split decision against previously undefeated Erkan Teper in October 2016.[21][22] On February 3, a day before the fight, it was confirmed that Hammer's WBO European heavyweight title would be at stake, as well as the fight being an official world title eliminator.[23] Price started the fight well using his reach advantage to keep Hammer at a distance. In round 5, Price connected with an uppercut which floored Hammer, however he beat the count and the fight resumed. The end came when Hammer landed hooks to the head of Price as the referee looked at him and decided to stop the fight, giving Hammer the win via TKO in round 7.[24][25]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
25 fights 21 wins 3 losses
By knockout 18 3
By decision 3 0
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
25 Loss 21–3 (1) Romania Christian Hammer TKO 7 (12), 1:22 4 Feb 2017 United Kingdom London Olympia, London, England For WBO European heavyweight title
24 Win 21–2 (1) Croatia Ivica Perkovic TKO 2 (6), 2:10 1 Oct 2016 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
23 Win 20–2 (1) Czech Republic Vaclav Pejsar TKO 2 (8), 1:30 29 May 2016 United Kingdom Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
22 NC 19–2 (1) Germany Erkan Teper KO 2 (12), 0:52 17 Jul 2015 Germany MHP Arena, Ludwigsburg, Germany For vacant European heavyweight title;
Originally a KO win for Teper, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
21 Win 19–2 Brazil Irineu Beato Costa Junior TKO 6 (10), 2:59 21 Feb 2015 Germany O2 World, Berlin, Germany
20 Win 18–2 Ukraine Yaroslav Zavorotnyi UD 10 7 Jun 2014 Germany Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
19 Win 17–2 Czech Republic Ondřej Pála TKO 3 (8), 0:33 12 Apr 2014 Denmark Blue Water Dokken, Esbjerg, Denmark
18 Win 16–2 Hungary Istvan Ruzsinszky TKO 1 (8), 2:00 25 Jan 2014 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
17 Loss 15–2 United States Tony Thompson TKO 5 (12), 1:55 6 Jul 2013 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
16 Loss 15–1 United States Tony Thompson TKO 2 (12), 2:17 23 Feb 2013 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
15 Win 15–0 United Kingdom Matt Skelton KO 2 (12), 2:56 30 Nov 2012 United Kingdom Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England Retained British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles
14 Win 14–0 United Kingdom Audley Harrison TKO 1 (12), 1:22 13 Oct 2012 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Retained British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles
13 Win 13–0 United Kingdom Sam Sexton KO 4 (12), 2:07 19 May 2012 United Kingdom Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England Won vacant British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom John McDermott KO 1 (12), 1:13 21 Jan 2012 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England Won vacant English heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 United Kingdom Tom Dallas TKO 2 (10), 2:45 11 Jun 2011 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England
10 Win 10–0 United States Raphael Butler TKO 1 (8), 1:47 27 Apr 2011 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England
9 Win 9–0 South Africa Osborne Machimana TKO 3 (10), 2:53 5 Feb 2011 United Kingdom Brentwood Leisure Centre, Brentwood, England
8 Win 8–0 Belarus Raman Sukhaterin TKO 7 (8), 2:44 16 Oct 2010 United Kingdom Troxy, London, England
7 Win 7–0 Slovakia Pavol Polakovic TKO 1 (8), 1:42 25 Jun 2010 United Kingdom Brentwood Centre Arena, Brentwood, England
6 Win 6–0 Russia Daniil Peretyatko PTS 6 14 May 2010 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Martyn Grainger TKO 1 (6), 1:05 19 Mar 2010 United Kingdom Indoor Sports Centre, Leigh, England
4 Win 4–0 Latvia Dmitrijs Basovs KO 1 (6), 0:33 11 Dec 2009 United Kingdom Newport Centre, Newport, Wales
3 Win 3–0 Bulgaria Yavor Marinchev PTS 4 23 Oct 2009 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England
2 Win 2–0 Germany Liridon Memishi RTD 2 (6), 3:00 16 Oct 2009 United Kingdom Seaburn Centre, Sunderland, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom David Ingleby TKO 3 (6), 2:30 28 Mar 2009 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Professional debut

Personal life[edit]

Price is a club patron of A.F.C. Liverpool.[26]


  1. ^ Professional boxing record for David Price from BoxRec. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  2. ^ Eurosport
  3. ^ "Stunning comeback seals Price win". BBC News. 23 March 2006. 
  4. ^ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/david-price-fight-audley-harrison-093512044.html
  5. ^ http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8784628/david-price
  6. ^ Palvadori, Danny (23 February 2013). "David price loses to Tomy Thompson". London: Daily Telegraph. 
  7. ^ "David Price's career in trouble after second defeat to Tony Thompson". The Guardian. 6 July 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.dailystar.co.uk/boxing/456562/American-heavyweight-Tony-Thompson-failed-drugs-test-David-Price-clash
  9. ^ "British heavyweight champion Price signs promotional deal with Sauerland". Daily Mail. 15 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "David Price says he could still face Dereck Chisora in the future after vacating belts". Sky Sports. 5 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "David Price knocks out Istvan Ruzsinszky in first round". BBC. 25 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "David Price recovers from first-round knockdown to defeat Ondrej Pala in Denmark". Sky Sports. 14 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "David Price beats Yaroslav Zavorotnyi on points after full ten rounds in Germany". Daily Mail. 9 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "David Price knocks out Costa Junior and eyes up next fight in Liverpool". Liverpool Echo. 21 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Britain's David Price given shot at European heavyweight title against Erkan Teper". Mirror. 13 June 2015. 
  16. ^ http://www.skysports.com/boxing/news/12183/10112060/david-price-angered-by
  17. ^ http://www.skysports.com/boxing/news/12183/10169970/david-price-has-confirmed-david-coldwell-as-his-new-trainer
  18. ^ "BoxRec - event". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  19. ^ "Price wins on return to UK". Sky Sports. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "David Price vs. Ivica Perkovic results - Boxing News". 1 October 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  21. ^ "David Price: British heavyweight to fight Christian Hammer on Eubank Jr undercard". BBC Boxing. January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  22. ^ "David Price vs. Christian Hammer on Eubank vs. Quinlan Card". Boxing Scene. January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  23. ^ "David Price vs. Christian Hammer: WBO Euro Belt at Stake - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  24. ^ "Christian Hammer Blasts Out David Price in Seven Rounds - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  25. ^ "Price suffers major shock as he is knocked out by Germany's Hammer". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  26. ^ AFC Liverpool make heavyweight summer signing

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Matthew Grainger
ABA super-heavyweight champion
Joe Young
Joe Young
ABA super-heavyweight champion
Dereck Chisora
Dereck Chisora
ABA super-heavyweight champion
Tyson Fury
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Tyson Fury
English heavyweight champion
21 January 2012 – May 2012
Title next held by
John McDermott
Commonwealth heavyweight champion
19 May 2012 – 4 December 2013
Title next held by
Lucas Browne
British heavyweight champion
19 May 2012 – 4 December 2013
Title next held by
Tyson Fury