Christian Hammer vs David Price Preview February 4th
England’s David Price will be taking on Christian Hammer of Germany in a 10-round heavyweight bout this Saturday, February 4th at the Olympia in Kensington, London. The fight is available live in the UK on ITV pay-per-view. Price last fought in October when he stopped Ivica Perkovic in the second round. Hammer was also last in the ring in October when he beat Erkan Teper by a 12-round split decision. Teper had knocked Price out in the second round of their meeting in July of 2015.
Hammer vs Price Betting Odds
Here are the winner odds from online sportsbook 5dimes.eu
- Christian Hammer +220
- David Price -280
The 33-year-old Price of Liverpool enters the contest with a record of 21-3 along with 18 Kos. He’s one of the bigger heavyweights around at 6-feet-8-inches in height and has a reach of 82 inches. Price won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, but hasn’t really become a top-10 contender on the heavyweight scene. He’s fought mostly European opposition and fights mainly in Europe. He’s fought just 72 rounds since turning pro in 2009 and that’s due to the fact that he either knocks his opponent out or gets stopped himself. He definitely has some power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 75 per cent.
He’s fought and beaten the likes of Sam Sexton, John McDermott, Matt Skelton, Audley Harrison and Yaroslav Zavorotnyi as well as a host of other relatively unknown heavyweights. When he did step up in class slightly against American veteran Tony Thompson he was stepped in the second round in February of 2013 and then halted in the fifth round of their rematch five months later. Both of those fights were also held in Price’s hometown. His other defeat came at the hands of Teper by stoppage, so there’s no doubt that his chin isn’t his strongest point.
The 29-year-old Hammer climbs through the ropes with a record of 20-4 along with 11 Kos. Hammer has decent power, but he’s not regarded as a home-run hitter with a knockout ratio of 46 per cent. He’s 6-foot-2 tall and has an unlisted reach. Hammer has 130 rounds under his belt since turning pro in 2008. He has faced slightly better opposition than Price since he’s met Tyson Fury, Kevin Johnson, Danny Williams, Michael Sprott, Sherman Williams and Mariusz Wach. Hammer has lost just once in his last 14 fights since 2011.
That defeat was to Fury in February of 2015 when the contest was halted at the end of the eighth round. His other three losses came against Wach by sixth-round Ko in 2010, Taras Bidenko by sixth-round majority decision in 2010, and by a first-round stoppage to Robert Gregor in his pro debut back in 2008. Like, Price, he has a questionable chin as he’s been stopped in three of his four losses. Therefore, he needs to be wary of Price’s powerful uppercut.
This is a good matchup on the European level and Hammer will need to work his way on the inside of the much taller Price. The fight will probably come down to who has the better chin though and that’s a tossup. Hammer has fought tougher opponents over his career and that experience could be enough to sway things his way. However, Price claims he once knocked out Anthony Joshua in sparring. Still, I’ll go with Hammer here and possibly by stoppage.
Both guys have questionable chins, so anything could happen.
Play: Hammer +220 @ 5dimes.eu
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