David Price announces retirement

At the age of 38, heavyweight David Price (25-7, 20 KOs) has decided to hang up the gloves, and he opened up on the decision behind it. “Well I haven’t officially announced that I’ve retired, but I have,” Price told BT Sport. “I’m not going to be fighting again. That was only officially made up in my mind about six weeks ago.

“I’m 38, and the hunger was no longer there. That’s massive, which is why your elite fighters like Tyson, like Canelo, like AJ, they have got as much money as they will ever need. But that hunger is still there. That’s because they are fighting for glory. The glory had gone in my career. You won’t see me in a boxing ring again, for a fight at least.”

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  • Well, they’re not going to be asking you to come into the ring as a celebrity attendee at any title fights anytime soon, David, so… yeah. We won’t be seeing you in the ring again. But hopefully you’ll do well in whatever you pursue going forward.

  • He looked devastating in his early career and I thought he was going all the way. Tony Thompson proved twice that stepping up in class sorts the champions from the competitors. He was a credit to the sport with tremendous power but an unreliable defense.

  • Without actually saying it, he’s acknowledged his limitations and wisely calling it a day. He can move onto his next chapter with his faculties intact. I feel terrible for the poor guys that have to keep getting beat to pulps because they can’t afford to stop fighting.

  • A FIGHTER ONCE SAID NO MATTER HOW GOOD HE WAS ONCE SAID IT’S TOUGH TO GET UP AT 4 IN THE MORNING AND LEAVE SILK SHEETS JUST TO GO RUNNING… ONCE THAT COMMITMENT IS GONE THE FLAME STARTS TO DIE… THE SMART ONES GET OUT WHILE THEY ARE STILL HEALTH AND UNHURT… BULLY FOR YOU I’M VERY HAPPY YOU ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR YOURSELF!!!!

  • Yes this is not new. Back in time he and Fury could have fought each other. At the time Fury seemed to duck Price and Price would have probably been the favourite as Fury looked very beatable – even at domestic level.
    Price was then twice stopped by journeyman Tony Thompson and was never the same since and we all know what happened to Fury.
    Good luck to him in retirement

    • Yep. Sounds wierd saying it now, but once upon a time Price seemed a better prospect than Fury, in my opinion anyway. Price was a good, sharp puncher, and Fury just looked like an average, lumbering Heavyweight. Price had one of the most fragile chins in the business though. Just folded with any decent punch, and was a disappointment because of that Fury on the other hand blew away expectations as far as I’m concerned.

    • Yeah I remember bookmakers at the time having Price favourite. Fury’s transformation between around 2011- 2013 was enormous. Peter Fury basically got him using his natural attributes more. Jabbing with height, rather than scrapping like Ricky Hatton. That evolved into the jerky performance against Klitschko. The current Fury has simply added a better arsenal to those fundamentals. He is actually a perfect case study of how you can develop a fighter with natural ability.

  • — Fury was busy winning all the Brit titles while infuriating Brits, so no, he wasn’t ducking Price who was poorly promoted. Hence the mismanagement of his career by Frank Baloney when a still green Price was matched top contender and dangerous southpaw Tony Thompson.

    Thompson would later destroy the myth of Cuban Gold Medalist Odlanier Solis twice. Had the KBros not been around, Tony wins a title and get put up with past American Greats.

    With better management, Price could’ve won a title, but, alas, settled history always has the last say.

  • I respect the fact that David Price admitted that this was it, and retired with his health in tact. Good for him.

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