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Thompson, 41, knocks out Price

American heavyweight Tony Thompson rattled British boxing when he knocked out David Price in the second round in Liverpool on Saturday night.

The 2.03m tall Price had his eardrum and undefeated record shattered when the 41-year-old Thompson nailed him with a right hook.

After losing for the first time after 15 victories, the 29-year-old Briton now has to rebuild a promising career. And he is unlikely to challenge for any “world” title this year.

He got to his feet after being knocked down but the referee completed the count, enabling Thompson to improve his record to 37-3, with 25 knockouts.

Thompson had beaten useful heavyweights such as Vaughn Bean, Dominic Guinn, Timur Ibragimov and Chazz Witherspoon. But Wladimir Klitschko stopped him twice in title fights, and most experts gave him almost no chance against Price, who had fought in the Beijing Olympic Games.

After a quiet opening round, Price seemed to be getting into his stride. He backed Thompson into the ropes and landed a couple of good body shots. But as he missed with a right hook, Thompson launched one of his own and that was that.

The surprise result was probably the cause of promoter Frank Maloney falling ill. He had to be treated by medical personnel.


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