David Price is looking for revenge and redemption on July 6, when he rematches Tony Thompson in Liverpool, and says that in their first bout in February, he probably underestimated the veteran, which he won't do again.
"It was something that I didn't expect to happen and it was a major shock to everyone involved, I think. But the thing I've changed for this, more than anything, is my mental approach to the fight, rather than physical.
"I don't think the physical preparations for the last fight were a problem, it was more to do with being a little bit complacent in the build-up to the fight and underestimating Tony Thompson, which was just a result of my own successes I was having in the ring. These things happen and it has probably made me a better fighter for it."
Price (15-1, 13 KO) had been on a roll, and was seen by many as a likely fast-tracked heavyweight star. Against Thompson (37-3, 25 KO), he was again supposed to power his way through the opposition, but that didn't wind up happening. Price was stopped in the second round, shocking many around the boxing world.
The 41-year-old Thompson could easily find himself with another world title fight if he beats Price again. He's gone 0-2 in a pair of previous chances, stopped twice by Wladimir Klitschko. There's surely no interest in Wladimir-Thompson III, but Vitali Klitschko or Alexander Povetkin could come up, and even if it's not a world title shot in the cards for the aging American, it could be a major fight again in the UK against someone like David Haye or Tyson Fury. A win buys Thompson another big payday at worst.
For Price, a rematch victory would sort of erase the first loss, whether that's fair or not, and put him back on course toward his own world title shot, likely sooner than later. Now that he's tasted defeat, there's no "0" to protect, and all involved have to know he's talented, powerful, and also very vulnerable. Getting him to the big stage quickly might be beneficial, especially considering he's going to turn 30 the day of the fight.