One-time big heavyweight hope David Price, made a return to action on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s world title victory at Goodison Park on Sunday, scoring a 2nd round KO over Czech Republics Vaclav Pejsar after 10-months out of the ring.
It was Price’s first fight since July last year, when he was knocked-out in Germany by Erkan Teper, who went onto fail a drug test. His other defeats came against Tony Thompson, who also went onto fail a drugs test. The Liverpudlians last win came in February last year against Irineu Beato Costa Jr.
Price has since re-grouped and is being trained by Dave Coldwell, after trying out different coaches, including Lennox Lewis. Coldwell has been happy to let Price come in more at his natural weight and use it to his advantage, rather than trying to burn down and lose energy, the new look David Price, looked good. If he can find his confidence and get himself on a winning streak, he will be a very welcome addition to a red hot heavyweight division.
Price started the fight positive behind his ramrod jab and used it to good effect. Pejsar was wild with his punches, but Price looked more relaxed than he has in previous fights and moved well, dropping in the odd right hand to stun Pejsar who he towered over. – Then just before the end of the opener Price detonated a wicked right uppercut that floored Pejsar. The Czech got to his feet and bravely fought his way out of trouble to hear the bell to end the round but the writing was on the wall.
Price came out purposeful again in the second and set about his opponent who responded with a barrage of shots, Price covered up well and came back with some more heavy artillery before unleashing a thudding right hook that felled Pejav for a second and final time as the ref waved it off with him on his back.
“What we’ve been working on has come to fruition, I decided to bulk up. I just feel that extra bit more solid and thicker and hopefully it’s going to work out.” Price told Sky Sportsafter the win.
Good win for Price, good to have him back!
Other News from the undercard
Tom Farrell won a 10 round decision over Manchester’s Kofi Yates in an eliminator for the English super-lightweight title. It was a great fight between two honest competitors and they gave the Liverpool crowd a real fight early in the evening.