David Price has revealed he was tempted to lash out at Kash Ali immediately after being bitten by his former sparring partner in their heavyweight grudge bout over the weekend.
Ali was disqualified for the transgression in Liverpool on Saturday night, which has led to his boxing licence being suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control, pending an upcoming hearing.
The 27-year-old had appeared to be edging his way back into the contest when the pair fell to the canvas in the fifth round, after which Price complained of the bite from his opponent, with a welt evident on the left side of his stomach.
Price is still bemused by the incident, though he knows he did the right thing by avoiding further confrontation.
He said: “When he was on the floor on top of me he went a bit limp and I thought, ‘He doesn’t want to get up here’.
“The next thing I felt was his teeth sink in and I didn’t know what to do, it all happened quickly. It was just a bit of a mad experience.
“When I stood up and first went over to him, part of me wanted to just lay him out.
“I thought better of it because it would have got myself into a load of trouble and it would have caused a lot of trouble on the night.
“I don’t know whether it’s out of character for him or not because I’ve sparred with him quite a bit and I’ve always found him to be a pretty respectful person in the ring.
“I just don’t know whether the build-up and the press conferences got him riled up and when he’s realised that beating me isn’t as easy as everyone seems to think, he’s thought, ‘I’ll take the exit route and give him a bite’.”
Ali – who has also had his purse, which has been estimated to be in the region of £20,000, withheld, minus his expenses – admitted shortly after the fight was called that he had been “stupid” and he could now face a lengthy ban.
He said: “We ended up wrestling down anyway and it was a stupid thing what I did.
“It was ridiculous – there are no excuses for it.”