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David Price’s promoter Frank Maloney insists the heavyweight’s camp has been left in shock after his second successive defeat to Tony Thompson.
Price was looking avenge his only career loss at the Liverpool Echo Arena in his home city, the same venue where he had been stopped in the second round by the American in February.
Although the 30-year-old managed to get a knock down in the second round, he could not capitalise and it was all over in the fifth when he had no answers for the heavy hands of Thompson.
The Brit had been working with the former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in the build-up to his rematch, but he was unable to imitate his success.
The Olympic bronze medallist boasted a proud 15-0 record with 13 knockouts at the turn of the year, but now Maloney admits he is considering his future after failing to kick on to the next stage.
Maloney believes that his man needs time to take a step back and decide what the best route forward is, whereas Thompson revealed he is eager to take on Tyson Fury.
Maloney said: “We’ve dropped out of the Premier League and we have to drop down to domestic and European level.
“We are all in shock and we will have to sit down and talk about what we do next. If David wants to go on, I’ll stay loyal. If he doesn’t, I may call it a day.”