David Price has looked back on some of the regrets from his career, stating that taking the immediate rematch with Tony Thompson and training with Lennox Lewis was one that sticks out in his mind.
Fan-favourite Price first met Thompson in February 2013, suffering a second round stoppage loss which surprised many at the time, with Price deemed as the next big thing in the heavyweight division.
The Liverpudlian opted to take an immediate rematch against Thompson, but changed his training set-up in the build-up, opting to train with former undisputed champion Lewis in Canada.
Lewis had experience winning an immediate rematch during his own career when he gained revenge against Hasim Rahman, but it wasn’t to be for Price, as he was stopped in the fifth round of the bout.
Price has now reflected on the ongoings in the build-up to the fight, telling IFL TV about how much he regretted the decisions made.
“The biggest regret of my career to be honest [taking the rematch with Tony Thompson]. Another regret was going to train with Lennox Lewis for the rematch because it was the worst timing ever to bring someone new into the fold who tried to change so much of what was already working.
“I got beat in the first fight with one punch that went round the back of my head. The referee didn’t even give me a count he just waved the fight off, and that was the only blip I’d had.
“I then went to Canada, trained with Lennox and changed everything about my training and my style and it was a regret taking the fight that soon.”
Despite the defeats to Thompson, Price remained a prominent figure in the heavyweight division for a number of years, sharing the ring with the likes of Derek Chisora, Alexander Povetkin, Dave Allen and Audley Harrison.