British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price
has officially hooked up with London-based trainer Adam Booth in an
attempt to rebuild his career and climb the heavyweight
The move comes following back-to-back defeats to American
Tony Thompson, and Price believes he has now found the man to
unlock his undoubted potential.
"It's a fresh start," he said. "I can leave behind what
has happened but know that I've learnt from it. I've got the
passion back now and am looking forward to getting in shape and
putting a few things right.
"To begin with I contacted a handful of world-class
trainers and asked Adam if I could have a chat and perhaps get some
advice. When I first turned pro I was signed by Hayemaker and only
left because of the television situation at the time. Adam pointed
me in the right direction after that - and advised me to go with
Frank Maloney - and I've always valued his opinion. So, after a
brief chat, I brought up the idea of him possibly training me and
we decided to have a meeting. I assumed he wanted to see what kind
of frame of mind I was in.
"We did a few sessions together just to see how it would
work, and he then agreed to train me. I was made up about that
because I know Adam is very selective when it comes to choosing
fighters to work with.
"I've got a good feeling about this move, and truly
believe Adam is the man to bring out my true potential."
Always an admirer of Price's rangy skills, Booth, though
selective, liked the idea of taking another British heavyweight
towards the sport's greatest prize.
"I've always seen massive potential in David and have
always been interested in working with him on a full-time basis,"
said Booth. "In addition to being a talented fighter, he's also a
very nice guy and someone who is good for the gym and good for me.
I like his personality and I like what he stands for.
"But he's also much more than a nice guy. He's a big
heavyweight, standing at six-foot-eight, and he punches harder than
anyone I've ever taken on the pads. David has enough power in his
right hand to knock out anybody in the heavyweight division. Now we
need to add other things to his game to enable him to land his
shots and once again feel comfortable in the ring."
Of course, Price's physical attributes have never been in
question. A former 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, the Liverpudlian
ripped through each of the heavyweights he encountered during the
formative stages of his pro career. But then came Tony Thompson.
And now the rebuilding job begins.
"The mental side of the game is a big issue for me, and
that's something Adam spends a lot of time thinking about and
working on," added Price. "Even just sitting down and having a chat
with him, I can tell we share a lot of the same ideas about the
sport and about life. We've both got the same outlook, and this
should make it very easy to gel. He has helped me get a few things
off my chest recently, which has made me feel like the weight of
the world has been lifted from my shoulders. It's a good
"Also, going with Adam means I'll be working alongside
other top-class fighters like David Haye and Andy Lee, and I'll
benefit from all the sparring partners that get brought over during
training camps. This kind of world-class sparring can only bring
out the best in me.
"Ultimately, I know I've made the right choice and I know
this move will take me to that next level."