Tony Thompson believes his heavyweight rematch with David Price will be even tougher after Price's three-week training camp with former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.
American Thompson caused a huge shock in February by knocking out the 6ft 8in Liverpool fighter in just the second round - the first defeat of the Price's career.
Price called for a rematch and has got his wish as the southpaw from Washington DC returns to Merseyside to face him at Liverpool's Echo Arena on July 6th.
Price and his trainer Franny Smith have now returned home from Canada after their time with Lewis. The 47-year-old though, will travel to Liverpool to oversee Price's final two weeks of training before the bout and his influence cannot be underestimated according to Thompson.
"It isn't respect for me that he went to work with Lennox, but (it) shows how seriously he takes his career. He will be getting great information from Lennox because he is an all-time great and knows the game," he said.
"Sometimes you get your career to a certain level and you just can't receive information and don't even want to listen to a world champion.
"You think you know it all. You get beat and instead of changing things you go back with the same flaws. He is showing a willingness and that is a credit to David."
As a result, Thompson is preparing for an even tougher test this time around although, despite his respect for Price, he is confident of achieving the same result.
"I will come to England still full of confidence, but it will take a lot longer than two rounds before I get the win."
Also on the bill, Bristol's Darren Hamilton puts his British light-welterweight crown on the line against Adil Anwar and two unbeaten British fighters compete for the British flyweight title, as Motherwell's Ian Butcher looks to take local boy Kevin Satchell's crown.
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