David Price fights Kash Ali March 30
By John J. Raspanti
He’s lost six fights, all by stoppage. Some have been brutal, like last year, when Alexander Povetkin flattened him in six.
A few months later, he was back in the ring, facing Sergey Kuzmin. The fight was close, but in round four, Price, started leaking oil. Those who pull for him, like this writer, were worried. Was another knockout coming?
No, Price quit on his stool. The fans were shocked. Boxers rarely quit, but perhaps the decision was a prudent one. Kuzmin was finding Price consistently. Even with two good arms, Price would have likely been stopped.
Still, Price’s desire was questioned. He was mocked by the want-to-be-tough couch pugilists. The real fighters don’t quit, they said. They fight through cuts, broken noses, jaws and yes, shoulder injuries. There’s some truth in these beliefs. For about the fifth time, Price was advised to retire. He refused. He said he would heal up and be back.
I like the guy. He’s a soft-spoken family man from Liverpool. His career has been the proverbial rollercoaster. Great highs, and even lower lows. Once the toast of the UK, he was projected as the next British heavyweight champion-that is until he ran into old warhorse Tony Thompson. Twice.
Price was undefeated when he met Thompson. The fight was over in five minutes. The rematch lasted longer, but the result was the same. Price was defeated. He’s been knocked out three times since losing to Thompson. One was illegal, though the result was never changed.
This Saturday, Price faces a fighter with a famous last name, and little less. Kash Ali is undefeated in 15 bouts, scoring seven knockouts. Sounds good, right? Still, Ali is talking about knockout. A closer inspection of Ali’s resume shows it’s about as thin as a super model. The combined record of his 15 opponents is 70 wins and 92 loses. Hardly awe-inspiring.
“One hundred per cent, he’s getting knocked out,” Ali told Richard Damerell of www.skysports.com.”It’s not going to points, no way. I’m younger, I’m fresher. I’m made for this.”
Price says he’s just as confident of winning.
"I have got to be destroying Kash Ali and that’s what I am expecting to do," said the 35-year-old Price.
Price still thinks he’s a player in the heavyweight division. I wonder if he knows that a number of boxing fans consider him something of a train wreck. They watch to see him get sent to tomorrow land.
Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but if it does, maybe that will be enough for Price to stop chasing fate.