German puncher Erkan Teper scored the best win of his career 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 and may well have ended former Olympian Price’s career. Teper was dwarfed in size by Price but still managed to bully his opponent and looked by far the better operator in the ring.
Price, 32, was vulnerable from the off as 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 that ended the fight immediately and didn’t deserve the referee’s count. Massimo Barrovecchio could have counted to 20 and Price would still have been lying on the canvas as Teper begins his reign as king of Europe.
A celebratory homecoming fight for Price is now firmly on hold as the Liverpudlian considers what could possibly 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 pretty much the same thing as the new European champion.