Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn denounced Liverpool heavyweight David Price in the aftermath of the former British champion’s sixth round stoppage win over Costa Junior on the Arthur Abraham v Paul Smith rematch undercard.
Price, 31, got the Brazilian out of there at the halfway stage of a contest that was nothing to write home about and represented the Olympic bronze medallist’s fourth straight victory since his double loss to American Tony Thompson.
Immediately following the performance, Hearn spoke to Sky Sports’ Adam Smith and was none too kind to Price in his assessment of the 6ft 8ins brute as Costa crumbled from some heavy blows forcing his corner to throw in the towel.
“It’s hard to be critical of David Price because he is such a nice bloke, but if you want to be honest it wasn’t the most impressive performance,” Hearn told Smith and co-presenter Johnny Nelson.
“It wasn’t explosive and it looks like he was searching for that confidence which is understandable, but we are talking about a guy who suffered those two defeats a long time ago here and it looks like he has gone backwards.
Hearn continued: “For me, you want a fighter to go out there and make a statement. It wasn’t a performance where (Anthony) Joshua or Hughie (Fury) are going to sit back and say; ‘I can’t get in a ring with this guy.’
“Daivd Price is a quality heavyweight and by the way he is very, very hard, potentially one of the hardest punchers in the division, but for me it wasn’t a performance that people are going to be shouting about.”
Asked about a potential fight between Hearn’s own fighter Joshua and Price in the future, Hearn added: “If we did a poll right now on who would win the fight between Anthony Joshua and David Price I think we know what the result would be, but Anthony Joshua is still learning and has only had 10 fights.
“David Price is still a quality heavyweight and that’s a fight that is going to be a huge fight. And that fight, particularly on that performance, is a fight that isn’t too far away.
“Joshua is back out of April the 4th, then Kevin Johnson on April 28th and from there Kalle (Sauerland) is talking about potentially doing something with Price in May, so after that why not? It will be a great fight. Two very big men, two athletes as well, but we all know that Joshua would have got that guy (Costa) out of there within a minute of the fight.
“They are at stages, but I just cannot see a way (for Price to win) when Anthony Joshua is raining down on David Price with speed and power and I think a lot of people feel the same.”