After a TKO loss, it could be time for David Price to call it a day. Four rounds into the fight, Price’s coach Joe McNally made a fantastic decision to throw the towel in, putting the big man’s health and safety first.
Stepping up on just two weeks’ notice against a man on a rampage, it was always going to be a mammoth task to overcome for Dave. A shock win would give Price hope of a huge fight on Callum Smith’s potential undercard at Anfield in May, but it simply wasn’t meant to be.
A cagey opening couple of rounds made it hard for the judges to call. Chisora gained control of the ring by piling the early pressure on Dave, however most of his punches were either absorbed extremely well or on the gloves. For any chance of victory, the scouser knew he would have to sit back behind his jab and weather the ‘del boy’ storms.
The fight burst into life at the end of a relatively even third round. Price landed some good combinations for the first time in the fight and Chisora responded by throwing bombs left, right, and centre. As the fight went into the corner with just a few seconds remaining Chisora wobbled Dave who responded with a beautiful uppercut, fireworks at last.
The fourth round proved to be the decisive one after an early knockdown from Chisora. The barrage of big hooks and price touching the canvas proved to be enough for coach McNally who threw the towel in. The ending wasn’t the one fight fans were hoping for, but it was ultimately the correct decision.
Despite only lasting 12 minutes, it was entertaining 12 for the fans. Question marks will be raised over Price’s future, however the future looks bright for Dereck Chisora with some huge names such as Oleksandr Usyk and Joseph Parker.
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