David Price (boxer)

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David Price
Real name David Price
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Reach 82 in (208 cm)
Born (1983-07-06) 6 July 1983 (age 32)
Liverpool, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 21
Wins 19
Wins by KO 16
Losses 2
Draws 0

David Price (born 6 July 1983) is an professional boxer from Liverpool, England and current heavyweight contender. As a professional, he has captured the English, British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. Price became an exciting prospect during his early career largely due to him being regarded as one of the division's hardest punchers. Price is currently ranked #26 in the world heavyweight rankings by Boxrec.

Amateur career[edit]

Early in his career, the 6 ft 8" Price[1] 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, he was 19 years and 272 days old. 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-U.S.A dual 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 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.[2]

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]

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.

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, with a comfortable first round knockout inside the opening 82 seconds.[3] 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 in 2012, Price was named Prospect of the Year by ESPN.com.[4]

On 23 February 2013, Price lost his first professional fight, as he was stopped in two rounds by former world title challenger Tony Thompson. After fighting cautiously for a round and a half, Thompson caught Price with a right hand behind the ear that sent Price crashing to the canvas. Although Price beat the count he was on unsteady legs, and the referee stopped the fight 2 minutes 17 seconds into the second round.[5]

On 6 July 2013, Price fought Thompson for the second time in five months. Price put Tompson 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 TKOvictory.[6]

On 5 December 2013 Price vacated his British and Commonwealth titles.[7]

Preceded by
Tyson Fury
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
19 May 2012 – 4 December 2013
Succeeded by
Lucas Browne
British Heavyweight Champion
19 May 2012 – 4 December 2013
Succeeded by
Tyson Fury

Professional boxing record[edit]

19 Wins (16 knockouts, 3 decisions), 2 Losses, 0 Draws
Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Germany Erkan Teper N/A - (12) 2015-07-17 Germany Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg For EBU (European) Heavyweight title.
Win 19–2 Brazil Irineu Beato Costa Junior TKO 6 (10), 2:59 2015-02-21 Germany O2 World, Kreuzberg, Berlin
Win 18–2 Ukraine Yaroslav Zavorotnyi UD 10 2014-06-07 Germany Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 17–2 Czech Republic Ondřej Pála TKO 3 (8), 0:33 2014-04-12 Denmark Blue Water Dokken, Esbjerg
Win 16–2 Hungary Istvan Ruzsinszky TKO 1 (8), 2:00 2014-01-25 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Loss 15–2 United States Tony Thompson TKO 5 (12), 1:55 2013-07-06 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside
Loss 15–1 United States Tony Thompson TKO 2 (12), 2:17 2013-02-23 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win 15–0 United Kingdom Matt Skelton KO 2 (12), 2:56 2012-11-30 United Kingdom Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Merseyside Retained BBBofC British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.
Win 14–0 United Kingdom Audley Harrison TKO 1 (12), 1:22 2012-10-13 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside Retained BBBofC British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.
Win 13–0 United Kingdom Sam Sexton KO 4 (12), 2:07 2012-05-19 United Kingdom Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Merseyside Won vacant BBBofC British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.
Win 12–0 United Kingdom John McDermott KO 1 (12), 1:13 2012-01-21 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, Merseyside Won vacant BBBofC English Heavyweight title.
Win 11–0 United Kingdom Tom Dallas TKO 2 (10), 2:45 2011-06-11 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, Merseyside British and Commonwealth Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 10–0 United States Raphael Butler TKO 1 (8), 1:47 2011-04-27 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win 9–0 South Africa Osborne Machimana TKO 3 (10), 2:53 2011-02-05 United Kingdom Brentwood Leisure Centre, Brentwood, Essex Commonwealth Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 8–0 Belarus Raman Sukhaterin TKO 7 (8), 2:44 2010-10-16 United Kingdom The Troxy, London, Greater London
Win 7–0 Slovakia Pavol Polakovic TKO 1 (8), 1:42 2010-06-25 United Kingdom Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex
Win 6–0 Russia Daniil Peretyatko PTS 6 2010-05-14 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Martyn Grainger TKO 1 (6), 1:05 2010-03-19 United Kingdom Indoor Sports Centre, Leigh, Lancashire
Win 4–0 Latvia Dmitrijs Basovs KO 1 (6), 0:33 2009-12-11 United Kingdom Newport Leisure Centre, Newport
Win 3–0 Bulgaria Yavor Marinchev PTS 4 2009-09-23 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, Lancashire
Win 2–0 Germany Liridon Memishi RTD 2 (6), 3:00 2009-10-16 United Kingdom Seaburn Centre, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Win 1–0 United Kingdom David Ingleby TKO 3 (6), 2:30 2009-03-28 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside Professional debut.

Personal life[edit]

Price is a club patron of A.F.C. Liverpool.[8]


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