Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Lennox Lewis joins David Price
By Dan Rafael
David Price hopes the tutelage of Lennox Lewis can help ready him for a Tony Thompson rematch.
Hall of Fame former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis was a star amateur who won an Olympic gold medal. He was also shockingly stopped in a pair of upset losses -- the only defeats of his career -- in world title fights by Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, both of which were avenged in knockout victories.
So Lewis, who developed a close relationship with trainer Emanuel Steward -- one of the great boxing minds in history -- took an interest in helping British heavyweight prospect David Price. Lewis knows what Price, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and the 2012 ESPN.com prospect of the year, is going through.
In February, the heavily favored Price (15-1, 13 KOs), 29, was shockingly stopped in the second round by 41-year-old American contender Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KOs). The fighters are now set for a July 6 rematch at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, Price's hometown.
To help Price prepare for the fight -- and undoubtedly impart some of the wisdom he learned from Steward -- Lewis will come on board as part of Price's training team. About 10 days from now, they will start working together in Canada, where Lewis lived for several years and the country he represented in the Olympics.
"David is a dedicated fighter," Lewis said. "He takes his training seriously and is single-minded in wanting to avenge that defeat. And as a fighter, I understand that and want to help him towards his goal."
Price and longtime trainer Franny Smith have been in talks with Lewis since Price's loss to Thompson.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to be able to work with one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, and I'm sure his knowledge will prove to be invaluable," Price said.
Lewis and Courtney Shand, who was an integral part of Lewis' training team, will work alongside Smith to get Price ready for the Thompson rematch. Lewis said he will also be ringside for the fight.