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I've thought Price looked like a promising heavyweight prospect, but I was surprised when his team selected Tony Thompson as an opponent. It was a big gamble that backfired.
And it's tough for me to see what is going to be different now, a mere five months later. Thompson's KO of Price was possibly the most mismatched fight I've watched this year, excluding preliminary bouts.
It's not like Thompson just managed to land a big punch on Price, an outcome that is always a possibility with heavyweights. Thompson spent the first round and most of the second effortlessly controlling the range of the fight.
When Price made a mistake, lunging forward, Thompson calmly stepped to the outside and whacked him.
I'm sure Price will come in planning to fight a smarter fight this time out. But five months is not a lot of time to overcome an experience advantage like Thompson has over Price.
It can be done. But it's not the smart bet, and it's not one I am making.
I'm picking Thompson by KO again, in Round 5.