1. Should David Price's title credentials now be questioned?
When Tony Thompson walked into the ring at the Liverpool Echo there would have been plenty of fans expecting to see an early knockout. David Price had dispatched his last seven opponents before the fifth round and the 41-year-old was meant to be the latest lamb walking out to the slaughter. But one single punch changed everything and it was the giant Brit that had been slayed. A right hook appeared to land on the ear and the neck of Price and simply took everything away from him. He appeared to tumble in slow motion and, having done well to beat the count, it was immediately clear that the fight was over as he wobbled on unstable legs. The punch didn't seem to be delivered with any great venom but it was the placement of the shot which caused the upset. Now the likeable Liverpudlian must rebuild but the questions over his punch resistance will remain. His plan to fight one of the Klitschkos within 12 months may take some revaluating. However, as proved by David Haye, who was beaten by veteran Carl Thompson but went on to unify the cruiserweight division, a loss can make you stronger.
2. Audley Harrison is formidable in the short-fight format but can he excel over 12 rounds?
Having been saw just a few feet away from Audley Harrison when he was knocked unconscious by David Price, I never would have believed that I would see the Olympic gold medallist in a boxing ring again. Yet, at 41, and looking fit and lean at less than 17 stone, Harrison showed us why some 13 years ago we believed he could win a world title. In this three-round tournament he looked almost untouchable with David Haye, who was sat ringside, praising his athleticism and saying his timing was as good as it has ever been as a professional. He dispatched his first opponent in 33 seconds and in the final a heavy left hand ended matters. He says his passion is back and he is ready to prove that he is good enough to be a world champion. Questions remain over his temperament in a 12-round contest but a matchup with Tyson Fury would certainly make for interesting viewing.
3. Lamont Peterson impresses with comeback win but stricter drug testing must be in place
Lamont Peterson returned from 14 months in the wilderness to claim an eighth round stoppage win over Kendall Holt in front of an adoring Washington crowd but it remains difficult to support the likeable American. His rags to riches story puts Rocky to shame and the night he defeated Amir Khan will live long in the memory. The problem is he failed a drugs test and we have had no explanation as to why he was allowed to keep hold of his IBF title and not be kicked out of the sport. Peterson may well go on to win yet more titles and will hoping to challenge Danny Garcia in a unification bout but questions remain. Each state and boxing commission uses different methods to test and the sport of boxing is crying out for a universal agency to control the sport. We don't want to question the integrity of fighters and we want a level playing field. The commissions may not agree with each other on many aspects, but when it comes to drug testing they should be unanimous. There is no place for it in boxing.
4. Tyson Fury's stock on the rise even without him throwing a punch
Outspoken, brash, controversial and talented. Tyson Fury remains the marmite man of boxing and was even able to generate headlines despite not even getting in the ring. The loss of his British rival David Price caused mass hysteria on boxing forums and on social networking sites as Fury supporters claimed their man was now the true heir to the Klitschko throne. Fury, never one to shy away from the spotlight, gave his verdict on the weekend's action as he labelled Pricea 'fraud' and calling out Wladimir Klitschko and Tony Thompson. Fury has a big test ahead of him when he faces Steve Cunningham in New York and we will know more about his world title credentials in that fight. What is clear is that we are dying for a new heavyweight star, whether it will be Fury remains to be seen. What we do know is that his stock is rising even higher.
5. Herbie Hide shamed by 'fixing' revelation
There can be nothing more disrespectful to a boxer than learning that a professional had thrown a fight, so the exclusive from The Sun on Sunday that Herbie Hide was prepared to accept £1million to take a dive will have hit the boxing world hard. The 41-year-old, twice a world champion, was filmed saying that he was prepared to lose for cash.
"'Whoever, which round you want, whatever you want as long as you put the money. I can guarantee one thing, you can get whoever is the favourite, you can get them to step down for a million pounds. You need a big name on good record - yeah, like myself!"
Hide has been away from the ring for some time and may well have fallen on tough times but this cannot be condoned. Hopefully Hide will explain his comments but boxing certainly does not need another scandal.
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