David Price's second defeat to Tony Thompson was confusing all round
Johnny Nelson tries to work out what went wrong after David Price lost to Tony Thompson... again!
Last Updated: 08/07/13 4:56pm
It wasn't just about the American winning again. Last time it was about a big shot that caught him, but this was more about how and why the Liverpool lad lost it like he did.
Not only did Price have Thompson down in the second round so we were all left wondering why he took his foot of the gas. We also want to know exactly what is going on with his trainers and Lennox Lewis.
Yet we can't say that Price couldn't take a punch because he was caught umpteen times and Thompson could not put him down this time. We couldn't blame it on him being chinny, we couldn't really blame anything about his ability.
It was and it still is confusing. When you see his promoter Frank Maloney unable to explain it or give any excuses, you know things aren't right.
So where does he go now? Before, Tony Thompson came into his life he was looking at world titles, mixing it with the Klitschkos, yet all of a sudden now he is back to square one and the domestic scene.
He needs a fight to get him back to winning ways and then he can win the belt, maybe go into the European scene quite quickly, but that all depends on what is going on inside his head.
In hindsight, taking Thompson was a gamble to start with, but had he had won that, his confidence would've shot through the roof and let him mix in that world level all of a sudden.
That is not going to happen now, but who is going to take the lead? We had Lewis on Ringside a couple of weeks ago and we were chatting about what part he plays with Price. Well back then he said he wanted the fighter for the whole duration, for him to go away into camp.
Now I know David doesn't like to do that and in the end Lennox only had three weeks with him. And what could he really teach a young guy in that short space of time?
Plus, if Price really wants to get to the top, he has to sacrifice certain things. Going away on training camp, away from home, is the first thing he has to do.
Don't get me wrong, Lennox is not his trainer and is not "a trainer". He is there to offer advice and pass things on but even on Saturday night with him hovering around in the background, it looked confusing.
Lennox did tell us about Price being "too nice", though - and that was there for us all to see.
As Lennox said, when you put an opponent down you want to knock his head off - and make sure it stays off. But some people knock someone's head off, pick it up, put it back and say sorry. Well, I think we can see which one Price is.
He could point the finger at someone else, but I hope he realises he needs to change - if he wants to come back and get it right.
In his defence Price still lacks in experience as well. Thompson is not the best fighter in the world, but he has been around and he has been in with the best - and he showed his nous by getting up off the floor and then turning the fight in his favour.
Now though, not only has Price's confidence gone, but all of a sudden he is getting criticised left, right and centre. People used to talk about him and how far he will go, but straight away they are more worried about whether he will fight again. Well he will, but he will have to eat plenty of humble pie.
He has to go back to basics and he has to show - and prove - that he is commitment is still there, that boxing is still his life. He has to give it his all.
This not going to be easy. In fact, this is going to be very, very tough. There are going to be some dark times for Price to deal with. This is about his character.
He needs to ignore the barrage of criticism and abuse that will come his way, because it can be overcome. Being successful and becoming a world champion is never straightforward and without the bad times.
Look at Lennox himself, he went through it; David Haye has had it recently and the reason this is so important for me, it is what I had to go through to succeed.
It brought out the animal instinct, that nasty streak that you need. As soon as the dark side arrives, you immediately want to hit back.
People are giving him grief so he should fight back and if he is wound up by someone like Tony Thompson, you want to do knock them out, show them who is the boss.
David Price needs to sort out what is going on with his training, he needs to make sure he is committed to the cause but above all, he needs to have that edge.
Only one man can sort that out: David Price. If he can't then he has to walk away...