Maybe it's hype, maybe it's for real, but heavyweight hopeful David Price has announced an intertesting prefight plan for his next bout.
Price (15-1, 13 KOs) hopes to avenge February's shocking second-round knockout loss at the hands of Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KOs) of Washington, D.C., when they meet in a rematch on July 6 at Echo Arena in Price's hometown of Liverpool. Price's plan: He said he will have a king-sized bed installed in his dressing room before the fight so that he can take a nice, long nap ahead of time (and, for his sake, hopefully not be put to sleep in the fight).
Price said he got the idea from former heavyweight champ and countryman Lennox Lewis, who is working with him as one of his trainers for the rematch. Price, 29, recently spent three weeks working with Lewis in a training camp in Canada and, according to Price, Lewis figures Price would be more relaxed if he went to bed after he arrived at the venue. So the 6-foot-9 Price said he has asked promoter Frank Maloney to deliver a king-sized bed to his dressing room.
"I will certainly have one there after listening to Lennox telling me what he used to do," Price said. "He always had a bed in his dressing room and had something like two hours sleep before the fight after getting to the arena early. He said that helped him get rid of all the prefight tension because he would switch off, go to sleep and then wake up. It's a good idea and something I will certainly be trying. Look, if someone like Lennox Lewis benefited from that approach, it can't do me any harm, can it?"
Price, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and the 2012 ESPN.com prospect of the year, said it was good for him to spend the time working with Lewis, who will be in England two weeks before the fight to continue working with him.
"We always work hard before every fight, but working with Lennox took me to a whole new level of training," Price said. "We got to see what he used to do when he was at the top of his game, and it was an eye-opener. There would be three people watching me punch a bag and as soon as I made a mistake, they were on me. It was a refreshing change and a lot of the training was completely different. It was also good to sit down and talk to Lennox about the obstacles he had to overcome. He showed me so many different things that I wouldn't be able to use them all in this one fight."