The advice in fighting in a white collar boxing match is always the same: – the other guy will run out arms flailing in the first round so just block his punches, save your strength and let him wear himself out. He will be knackered in the second and third and that’s when you kick his arse
So I obviously completely ignore this advice and come out running with arms flailing in the first round. Result was I won the round, but, surprisingly, was knackered by the end of it. To the point of being close to a panic attack at the bell because I couldn’t breathe, especially with the gum shield in and a head guard tied very tightly across my throat.
The Mauler had played round one text book style but I think both him and I were slightly surprised that I still had a bit of go left in me for round 2 – maybe the adrenalin and a dislike I picked up during training of getting punched in the head.
At the end of the round I was completely knackered and fighting a panic attack again to be able to breath. The ref came over to my corner and told me “It’s yours to loose now” which my corner had to translate – “you have won the first two rounds so the fight is yours if you don’t get knocked out”. Did you know that your sub conscious mind cannot actually process the word ‘don’t’ – all it hears is “get knocked out”
At the start of the third round I was shattered and just trying to make the most of my longer reach and keep The Mauler at arms distance. Luckily my subconscious can be quite stupid and whilst The Mauler won the round, I was still standing. Any more rounds and the fight would definitely have been Ashley’s but I had won 2-1. Obviously, If I had won all three rounds I would have done too much training.
I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who made it one of the most memorable nights of my life. From Ashley Martin – we both achieved our joint goal of smiling at the end of the third round. Everyone who came and cheered me on – would be great if you could let me have any photos or video, was difficult to take a selfie during the fight. Those that sponsored me, encouraged me and took the piss and big thank you to my trainer James Walker who has to take credit for me not getting knocked out in the first round. And of course to all the other fighters and everyone at UWCB and especially Richard Smith & Lisa Houghton-Smith who none of this would have been possible without.
The evening has raised over £10,000 so far for cancer research and is still climbing and it would be great if you wanted to help increase this – https://www.justgiving.com/David-Price-boxing