German puncher Erkan Teper scored the best career win with a devastating second-round knockout of David Price in Ludwigsburg.
The 33-year-old extended his undefeated run to 15 fights with a tenth early finish. He may well have ended former Olympian Price’s career.
Teper was dwarfed in size by Price. However, he still managed to bully his opponent. The pre-fight underdog looked by far the better operator in the ring.
Price, 32, was vulnerable from the off. The Briton aimed to put past defeats to Tony Thompson firmly behind him but ultimately came up short on the night.
A rocky first round for Price was followed up by a crushing left hand in the second. The blow ended the fight immediately and didn’t deserve the referee’s count.
Erkan Teper David Price KO
Massimo Barrovecchio could have counted to twenty and more. Price would still have been lying on the canvas as Teper began his reign as king of Europe.
A celebratory homecoming fight for Price is now firmly on hold. The Liverpudlian considers what could be his next move, which on reflection, should be retirement.
Kalle and Nisse Sauerland had hoped to rebuild Price to take on the likes of domestic rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Although on Friday’s performance, both would have done the same thing as the new European champion.