David Price wants rematch after shock defeat by Tony Thompson

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport
David Price: Loss to Tony Thompson could be blessing

British heavyweight David Price wants a rematch with Tony Thompson and would consider fighting in the United States for a smaller share of the revenue.

"If it meant me taking a little bit less money to get the chance to avenge it then it is something we could look at," Price told BBC Sport.

"Going to America to fight would all be part of the learning experience."

He continued: "We will talk about it this week and if we could get him [Thompson] to agree to do that, that would be great."

The 6ft 8in heavyweight was floored by a devastating counter punch to the side of the head which perforated his ear drum after he had failed to connect with a right hook of his own.

Despite getting back to his feet, the bronze medal winner from the Beijing Olympics in 2008 was counted out by the referee for a result which stunned the partisan crowd in the Echo Arena.

"The initial feeling was one of shock and it is starting to sink in," he said. "It is a set-back, and I am not sure how big it is at this stage.

"I am still on track for where I want to go, as at the end of the day, I was not beaten up. It was a freak punch how it happened, [one] that does not usually cause any damage but it did due to where it landed on me."

Fellow Briton and former undisputed champion Lennox Lewis suffered surprise losses to Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman during his glittering career, while current WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belt holder Wladimir Klitschko was floored a number of times in his formative years.

Price said he was taking strength from the fact those leading heavyweights had suffered defeats before going on to dominate the division.

"You look through boxing history and the vast majority of boxing champions have had to take a defeat at some stage," he said. "When I turned professional I never had it in my head I would be an undefeated fighter.

"Now, it is our response to it that is going to make me. I think I will respond positively and maybe one day I can say this has defined me as a fighter."

He added: "The belief is still there most definitely [that he could become a world champion]. It has not altered at all.

"I have taken stock of what happened on Saturday night and I know I cannot be complacent."

Price's last seven bouts have all been staged on Merseyside but he is now ready to go wherever necessary to reignite his career.

He said: "I do not think fighting in Liverpool is a problem for me. We could fight anywhere, as long as I get back in the ring and get back to winning ways.

"It's just as long as we get the right type of opponent, I do not want a walk over, I want someone who if I knock them out I get credit for it."