Dereck Chisora sent David Price crashing back to reality a bit today, stopping Price in the fourth round of their heavyweight matchup in London.
Chisora (32-9, 23 KO) came out throwing and looking to do damage in this one, and he hurt Price (25-7, 20 KO) badly at the end of the third round, with Price firing back an uppercut that wobbled Chisora a bit, too.
But it was Price in worse shape going back to the corners, and Chisora knew it, pouncing and going after the 6’8” veteran to start the fourth. Chisora put Price down with a nice, short punch, and while Price bravely and gamely got up to fight on, his corner threw in the towel.
“I just came to seek and destroy. I figured if he catches me, he catches me, but if I catch him, he’s gone,” Chisora said after the fight, while also complimenting Price for fighting. “It’s just business, man. He stepped up to save the show, shoutout to David Price and his family and his team. Joseph Parker pulled out, but he came in and stepped up.”
Chisora also admitted that Price did hurt him at the end of the third round, saying, “He buzzed me, he caught me with a beautiful uppercut, and I did a little dance right on his corner there, but I recovered easily.”
Chisora indicated he wants to make the abandoned fight with Parker happen, while manager David Haye is pushing for Chisora to fight Oleksandr Usyk. Whatever Chisora does, he remains a formidable opponent in this division as he nears his 36th birthday at the end of the year.
Price, who turned 36 in July, had a bit of a career rejuvenation that month with an upset win over Dave Allen, but this was back to more of what we’ve known and expected from Price in step-up bouts over the years. He was brave, but so technically flawed that it felt like only a matter of time before Chisora cracked him, and that was the case. Price is at a point in his career where there’s really nothing much he can do other than cash checks and give an effort — he could fight at the British title level, perhaps, but while that title is held by someone like Daniel Dubois, Price has no hope there, either.