• Heavyweight

Maloney wants bigger role with Price

ESPN staff
July 9, 2013
Frank Maloney and David Price were left stunned by his first defeat to Tony Thompson, but Maloney regrets allowing the rematch to happen © PA Photos

Frank Maloney has told ESPN that he blames himself for allowing David Price to step back into the ring with Tony Thompson, but believes he should play a bigger role in the British heavyweight champion's career.

Price suffered a second defeat at the hands of Thompson in Liverpool on Saturday - the only defeats of his professional career - and Maloney, who promoted both fights, insists that he was against the rematch from the beginning.

And Maloney, who managed former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, is adamant that he has the experience to help Price get his career back on track.

Speaking to Steve Bunce about the fight, Maloney said: "There were a few things that I wasn't happy with and I've no doubt he [Price] wasn't happy with. I would like to play a bigger role in his career.

"People forget that I am not David Price's manager, I'm his promoter. I meet with them, I give them my opinions, I give them my suggestions, and they are free to take them or not. They take some and they don't take others. I feel my 30 years of experience is a little bit wasted if you don't take them on board.

"There were some mistakes on this fight and there were some things that went wrong. But that's a team decision. We've all got to sit round a table and we've all got to talk. There's got to be re-structuring in the David Price team."

Price stepped back into the ring with Thompson just five months on from his shock second-round knockout defeat at the hands of the 41-year-old American in a bid to prove the result was a freak occurrence, but Maloney has long held the belief that such rematches are capable of redoubling the damage to a boxer's reputation.

"If David had knocked out Tony Thompson there would be accolades going all over the place," Maloney added. "Because it's all gone wrong, no-one wants to take the blame. But you know what? I take the blame for allowing the rematch to happen.

"I was adamant. People know my feelings on rematches - people know I did not want this rematch. I wasn't strong enough to stand up and say this rematch is not happening, if you want it to happen go and get someone else to do it. I should have done that."

Price worked with Lennox Lewis in the build-up to the Thompson rematch in a bid to learn from his wealth of experience, but Maloney was non-committal when asked what role the Canada-based former champion might have in any new-look set-up.

"I don't want to get into an argument with anybody," Maloney added. "Lennox Lewis was a great fighter. Maybe there is a role for him with David Price, but it's got to be done properly."

Maloney threw his backing behind Price's long-time trainer Franny Smith after the 30-year-old's stamina came under criticism, but admitted that the Liverpool native faces a long journey to get back within sight of a world heavyweight title shot.

"I do think if we get it right and we correct certain things, David Price does have a future in the heavyweight division," Maloney continued.

"But it's not going to happen in the next year. When I said [before the fight] we were a year behind, I would say we're 18 months, two years behind - but it can be done if it's done properly and with due diligence."

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