What does the future hold for Heavyweight David Price?

Following two brutal stoppages at the hands of American Tony Thompson, and four confidence building wins; Team Sauerland had to take a risk against an equally heavy-handed but much less-experienced Erkan Teper, in the hope of propelling David Price (19-3-0) back into the top ten of the world rankings.

With a knock-out reputation German born Teper, 33, opened the first round with a huge right hook, shaking Price. Teper followed up with weighty shots from both hands but Price still on shaky ground fired back to see the round out.

Teper wasted no time at all in dashing Price’s hope of redemption as he started the second round on the attack, a devastating left hook sent Price crashing to the canvas 45 seconds before the bell, with no chance of him standing let alone beating the count, the Italian referee called for immediate medical attention.

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The Merseyside heavyweight , full of emotion walked back to his dressing room, contemplating his future before the official result had even been announced to the home crowd, while  unbeaten Teper, celebrated his improved record of 15-0 with a 10th knockout victory.

Price said: “I just want to apologise to my team, my family, my friends, my supporters and all who came out to Germany to get behind me.

“I will have to have a long think about my future, talk with all my people and the family. But it is too early to come to a proper decision at the moment.”