David Price steps in for Joseph Parker and gets stopped early by Dereck Chisora!
Well this fight is pretty simple to breakdown! The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist David Price (25-7, 20KO) boasted a 6 1/2 height and 8 inch reach advantage over the much more durable Dereck Chisora (32-9, 23KO). Therefore, a blind man could tell you the taller Price would look to keep his shorter opponent on the end of his jab while Chisora would look to find a way within range.
This is exactly what happened for as long as it lasted. Price actually made a decent account of himself in the first round, setting Chisora up with some right hooks and uppercuts down the pipe. However, once Chisora realized a little head and herky-jerky body movement would befuddle his opponent and allow him to get within mid-range distance…it was over!
It was a hook-fest from round two on! Price did his best to keep his opponent away but lumbering at 6’8″ at over 260lbs (18.5st) the footwork was not there to help him once Chsiora got around his jab. This is precisely what makes the 6’9″ Tyson Fury such a great fighter as he has the footwork of a smaller heavyweight. However for Price, he would repeatedly get caught on the ropes and take ridiculous amounts of punishment while there.
At the end of the third round, a left and right hook combination would wobble Price as the bell sounded. The look on his face told viewers he may be stopped in any of the upcoming rounds!
It didn’t take much more. In the early stages of the fourth round, a right hook would wobble him again. He tried to hold but his legs were no longer present in the ring, causing him to fall to the canvas. He would make the count but for some reason, the referee would still call a halt to the bout.
The corner of Price didn’t seem to throw in the towel. However, the fighter form Liverpool also didn’t try to challenge the stoppage either. This prompted ringside commentators to spectate and injury.
Regardless, this was a victory that could be seen a mile away for Chisora. Especially when you consider his opponent took the fight on short notice in place of former WBO champion Joseph Parker. At the same time, this is a testament to how much heart Price has, although, he loses another one.
Afterwards, Chisora would be asked if he wanted any of the big name fighters in the division, but he seemed to be laser focused on rescheduling his clash with Parker only. Let’s see if Hearn can make it happen…again!
By: EJ Williams