David Price has every reason to feel aggrieved after it emerged that the man who brutally knocked him out in July of this year, Erkan Teper, tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in the aftermath of their European heavyweight title bout.
The loss seemed to all but derail the career of the Liverpool giant, who hasn’t competed since, and must have destroyed the fragile confidence he had built up during the four fight winning streak that preceded it.
To make matters worse, the handling of the situation by German boxing authority the BDB was nothing short of shambolic, and was responsible for allowing Teper to go unpunished for some five months. Only an injury stopped him from taking part in a big fight with Finland’s Robert Helenius during that time, and it took a media report to bring the his misdeeds to light.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports Price’s promoter Kalle Sauerland confirmed that though the official result of the bout has been changed to a ‘no-contest’, his fighter has not yet recovered from hearing the news of this strange saga. “It’s all very frustrating,” said Sauerland. “Because at the end of the day, Pricey has lost six months of his career.”
“My brother spoke to him over the last couple of days. He’s obviously disappointed, I think that’s the best way of describing it, and angered.”
Sauerland, however, believes that Price can still rebuild a career that once looked so promising and that he will begin to do so in 2016.
“David will definitely want to return to the ring and of course this will put him in a strong position, because they have to re-instate him at the top of the rankings. He will have a mandatory bout at some time next year for this title[EBU heavyweight], if that’s the route that we go down.”
“I hope that this can be a positive turn. The sporting side, I know he’s looking at putting together his team at the moment.”
Addressing the matter of Teper’s failed test and the wider issue of PED usage in boxing, Sauerland downplayed the extent of the problem within his sport, but nevertheless suggested that everything should be done to insure situations like this one don’t arise in the future.
“It’s not an endemic problem in our sport, that’s definitely not the case, but on the other hand we have to make sure that things like this can never ever happen again.”