• Heavyweight

Price: This is not the end of me

ESPN staff
February 25, 2013
Frank Maloney and David Price will now have to plot a route back to the top © PA Photos

David Price is looking to make a swift return to the ring in order to 'exorcise the demons' of his shock knockout out at the hands of Tony Thompson.

Price entered the ring in Liverpool on Saturday with a perfect 15-0 record and with designs on pushing himself further up the heavyweight pecking order.

Things looked good in the first five minutes as he appeared in control and picking Thompson off at will. However, he was caught on the way out by a big right hand that sent him to the canvas.

Price picked himself up, but the referee waved off the fight as the Liverpudlian's legs had turned to jelly.

The defeat is a setback to Price's hopes of getting a world-title shot in the next 18 months, but he is confident of bouncing back.

"Six months down the line and with a couple of wins, this will be forgotten about," Price told the Liverpool Echo. "It is all about how I bounce back now and I never had it in my head that I would retire undefeated, just because of the nature of the sport."

Price has suggested the fight may act as a wake-up call and prompt him to rein in his attacking instincts a shade.

"Maybe this is a good thing because things were getting hyped up a little bit and I was trying to please the crowd by going after him in the second round," he said. "I threw an uppercut when I should not be throwing an uppercut.

"I have developed a reputation as an exciting fighter and it has got me to where I am. I'm not going to change that but perhaps I do need to be more selective in shots. Because when you're in with an old cat like Tony Thompson you can be made to pay.

"But I haven't taken a beating. Ten seconds after the fight being stopped I was alright. I was just caught at the right place at the right time.

"These things can happen and it's the chance you take being a boxer. You have to take the rough with the smooth and it is all about how you react to adversity. This will ask questions of my resilience now.

"I now just want to get back in the ring to exorcise those demons and move forward.

"This is not the end of me."

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