David Price's 2013 was highlighted by his first two pro losses, both of which came against Tony Thompson. Thompson wants at it again.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Thompson said that he wants to fight Price in the United Kingdom, and also took time and complimented Price's boxing skills.
"He can't do nothing with his career until he gets this demon off his back," Thompson said. "I would love to come back to the UK, whoop [someone], make people laugh, then get myself back on a plane and go home. Let me say this - I've always thought highly of David. His skill-set, his power, his athleticism were A1 - he had it all. But what he doesn't have, you can't teach. You just have it, you feel me?"
Thompson, who has challenged for the unified heavyweight world titles on two separate occasions, said that while Price is a younger and stronger boxer, Thompson has the bigger heart.
"He's younger, stronger, faster but, as everybody saw in the second fight when he knocked me down, I got up and looked him in the eyes then [whooped him]," Thompson said. "That's a fighter. He turned his back and cried on the ropes. That's the difference - other than that, he has me in every category you can imagine from age to speed to power."
Price took to Twitter to turn down a third match with Thompson. The reason, according to Price, wasn't because of the two losses, but because Thompson failed drug tests in the aftermath of both encounters. Thompson said that the failed tests were due to medication for high blood pressure.
Price was one of several boxers being considered to be IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's next opponent on December 10 before Joshua settled on Eric Molina as the next opponent.