David Price Vs Erkan Teper – Preview and Prediction

David Price will attempt to acquire the European Heavyweight Title to further rebuild his career following a crashing 2013 which saw him suffer back to back stoppage losses to Tony Thompson, he will face unbeaten German Erkan Teper in Germany.

In a turn of events last night there were rumours circulating that David Price had gone AWOL after the weigh in and the fight was off, Price’s promoters The Sauerlands cleared things up by tweeting that there was a 6 hours stand off over a dispute regarding gloves, but this had been resolved and the fight was on.

Of course given Price’s seemingly decline in confidence between the ropes since his losses to Tony Thompson people were quick to assume Price had backed out of the fight, but given the opportunity Price has to propel his career in a very winnable fight, I would be surprised if that was ever the case.

Erkan Teper is a dangerous opponent with heavy hands, but in comparison to Price he is fairly inexperienced to include Price’s amateur background, however still this is a legitimate opponent for Price. Teper who didn’t look in particularly the best of shape at the weigh  in has quite a crude style, he will come forward and whips in quick hard shots, Teper likes to throw the overhand right which could be a successful punch against the taller the Price.

While Price has seemed a lot more patient and better defensively since his losses to Thompson he seems to fight with a real safety first approach rather then the real powerhouse offence we had been so used to seeing previously to Thompson, its hard to know whether to attribute that to Price looking to net wins using the tools he thinks are best or whether there is a real lack of confidence or fear of getting tagged.

However while I can’t ever be too over confident backing Price, I do like him in this fight, the way Teper comes forward and opens up I think there will be plenty of opportunities for Price to counter with big shots, and Price only needs to hit you once. Saying that if Teper knocked Price out it really wouldn’t surprise me.

I think Teper will force Price to fight and as a result I think the best play is to take the under 6.5 rounds boylesports are offering up at evens. I think a KO/TKO in the first half of this fight is a strong possibility.

PREDICTION: PRICE KO5

BETTING TIP: £20 on under 6.5 rounds evens at Boylesports