Lennox Lewis told Ringside he wants to help young boxers improve

Last Updated: 30/06/13 12:41pm

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Lewis: instructing Price ahead of his rematch with Thompson

Lewis: instructing Price ahead of his rematch with Thompson

Lennox Lewis told Ringside that he is willing to impart his wisdom onto boxing's current crop of stars.

The former world heavyweight champion is working with David Price in the lead-up to the 29-year-old's July 6 rematch with American veteran Tony Thompson, who floored his British opponent inside two rounds in February.

Lewis revealed that Price may not be his only project over the next few years, while he also explained what he and his charge have been working on in the gym as the Liverpool fighter aims to kick-start his career.

"I've got so much knowledge to give as I have been trained by the best in Emanuel Steward and done a lot of things," said the 47-year-old. "I want to help boxers who need to learn a lot more pick things up.

"We have brought movement into it because David used to get into the ring and take a stance, not dance."
Lennnox Lewis

"I think David [Price] will be the first fighter of many that I look after because I can do it all - manage, promote, train; there are other boxers out there that are asking for me to help them and I am available to help them."

On his work with Price, Lewis added: "I have been knocked out and had to come back from defeat and David wants to know how I did it because he is trying to do the same thing."

"We have re-trained his right hand, hook and uppercut - they are all weapons but he has to know how to use them - while we have also brought more movement into it because he used to get into the ring and just take a stance, not dance."

Freak

Price took time out from his training regimen to speak to Ringside presenters Adam Smith and Johnny Nelson over the phone, and the 6ft 8in powerhouse told of his desire to work with Lewis, who conquered the likes of Vitali Klitschko, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield during his career, on a full-time basis.

The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist also says he will be a little less gung-ho in his second showdown with Thompson, but still promised to put on a show for the fans at Liverpool's Echo Arena as he attempts to bounce back from his maiden professional defeat.

"I am in a great place physically and mentally thanks to my team and also Lennox," said Price. "I have been over to Canada and been constantly picking his brains and I hope it is the start of a successful, long-term relationship.

"It is a huge night for me against Thompson; I am putting everything on the line and it is up to me to prove that what happened in February shouldn't have happened and that it was just a freak thing.

"I need to make the right decisions at the right time, use my ring craft a little bit better, be a bit more calm and calculated, and not run in and try to blast out Thompson, who is a tricky, cagey old fighter who mustn't be underestimated.

"I have worked a lot on tactics and I am confident that I won't make the same mistake twice and that I will get the job done and move on - but I think I can look good doing it."

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