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Thompson: Price making the right strides

ESPN staff
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Tony Thompson says he will have to go more than two rounds to defeat David Price for a second time © PA Photos
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Veteran Tony Thompson believes reigning British heavyweight champion David Price is showing the right attitude ahead of the pair's rematch on July 6.

Price suffered a shock defeat to the American in their first meet when he was stunned by a right hander to the ear, and is now pulling out all the stops to avoid a second successive loss to the 41-year-old when they clash at Liverpool's Echo Arena next month.

The Liverpudlian recently hired Wladimir Klitschko's sparring partners in preparation for the 'Redemption' bout, and has also sought advice from former heavyweight star Lennox Lewis - something that Thompson believes will aid the Brit's career.

Thompson inflicted the only mark on Price's record to date, but insists the work the 29-year-old Brit is putting in to avenge his defeat is a credit to his mentality.

"It isn't respect for me that he went to work with Lennox, but shows how seriously he takes his career," Thompson told eastsideboxing.com. "He will be getting great information from Lennox because he is an all time great and knows the game.

"Sometimes you get your career to a certain level and you just can't receive information and don't even want to listen to a world champion.

"You think you know it all. You get beat and instead of changing things you go back with the same flaws. He is showing willingness and that is a credit to David.

"I will come to England still full of confidence, but it will take a lot longer than two rounds before I get the win."

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