The Tiger Can Now Name His Price
By Bobby Hunter
How much can Tony "The Tiger " Thompson make from his next fight?. Well Thompson can name his "Price" now after shocking the boxing world with a stunning Knockout of David Price at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The second round one punch KO totally silenced what was once a loud crowd. Thousands of fans came to watch Price rise up the heavyweight rankings by beating his first ranked contender and for one and a half rounds it was all going to plan as Price carefully peppered Thompson with jabs and a fast straight right hand.
The first round started with both fighters having a look at each other before Price backed Thompson to the ropes landing a big right hand. Price continued to press the action and near the end of the round Thompson found himself backed in the opposite corner shipping more right hands followed by brutal body shots. Early in the second another one of these huge right hand seemed to have hurt Thompson as he lay on the ropes. Paul Smith working for Boxnation made a great point just before Thompson shocked the world. He said that Price to be careful and not walk into a shot as Thompson was looking to catch him coming in.
Well Smith was right as after 2.17 of the round Thompson landed a right hook round the side of Price's head. At first it didn't look that hard of a punch but the reaction of Price was shocking. He gave the impression of a man stuck in a big beanbag. His legs just wouldn't work and he couldn't get up. Finally he got to his feet but his legs were gone. Referee Steve Gray made the correct decision in ending the fight. The crowd went silent as Thompson went crazy shouting at the fans who booed the American national anthem.
Thompson will now sit back an listen to offers. Will he take a Price rematch? That fights makes sense as it can be made quickly. Another option is Tyson Fury who Thompson mentioned in his post fight interview. Will Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy burst the bank to get Fury the guy who Knocked out Price?. Thompson is the guy in charge here, that is his reward for this stunning upset.