• Heavyweight

Lewis: Price has upped his game

ESPN staff
July 1, 2013
Lennox Lewis believes David Price has massively improved his technique © PA Photos

Former heavyweight champion and British boxing legend Lennox Lewis believes Liverpudlian David Price is within reach of a world title shot - although outspoken Brit Tyson Fury strongly disagrees.

Lewis has been aiding the 29-year-old's preparations for his rematch with American veteran Tony Thompson, who shocked the Liverpool Echo Arena crowd when knocking out the home favourite in the second round of their February bout.

Defeat to Thompson is the only mark on Price's professional record to date, but with the July 6 revenge bout fast approaching, Lewis believes his student is making the right strides to successfully avenge the loss and move on.

"David is not that far away from a world title fight but you have to develop," Lewis said. "He has made a wise move looking for more stuff to learn and the opportunity is with me.

"As a past heavyweight champion I know a lot of things he needs to do and working with me he has upped his game a lot more."

Price, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, has relished the guidance of Lewis and is adamant he will put the record straight in front of his home crowd.

"I'm confident that come Saturday week, I will climb back on that horse and put myself right back into the heavyweight title mix," Price said. "It's been a breath of fresh air working with him."

With a furious Thompson recently declaring he would once again prove critics wrong, the ever-controversial Tyson Fury added his two pennies' worth via his official Twitter account.

The undefeated Mancunian, who is deep in negotiations to set up a super-fight with former WBA titlist David Haye, claimed Lewis to be a 'div' for stating Price could be moulded into a world champion.

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