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Finally got a chance to check out David Price's (17-2,15 knockouts) bout against Czech trial horse Ondrej Pala (33-5, 23 knockouts). Price, who is a giant at 6'8”, was floored by the bowling ball-esque Pala by a left hook. Price was completely out of position but looked hurt nonetheless. Price, who had back to back stoppage losses to Tony Thompson, looked like he was about to relive those nightmares once again. He came back, however, and after a cobweb shaking second round he went on to stop his man in the third.


Good news for Price is that now has a high grade American corner in Tommy Brooks and Joey Gamache. Brooks instructed Price between rounds one and two to commit to the jab. When Price didn't heed Brooks' advice in the second, the veteran trainer let him have it. Price finally listened and was able to land his big right cross after setting Pala up with the jab.


Price is still a work in progress and is now light years behind contemporaries Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in his development. He seems very stiff and tentative now...Pala was able to almost land at will and it was his own lack of boxing know-how that prevented him from finishing Price when he had him hurt.


Although he came back well, a few more scares like this and it is fair to write off Price if you haven't already. The physical tools are clearly evident. The confidence and the chin are not.




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