EXCLUSIVE WITH BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT DAVID PRICE

After being hailed as Britain’s best Heavyweight hope for years, things took a shocking turn for the worst in February 2013 when David Price was beaten by Tony Thompson. A quickly arranged rematch saw him try to avenge that loss as swiftly as July, only for him to face his second defeat, and both to the same man.¬†

David Price punches Istvan Ruzsinszky

Whilst David’s career looked in tatters, his main rival Tyson Fury went from strength to strength in his campaign for World honours.

Roll forward a year and things have changed greatly as David explains; I signed with the Sauerland Brothers because it felt right at this time, I knew my career needed time to rebuild and undo the damage caused by the two defeats and felt this was the best route to achieve that.

I’m finding the new team very easy to work with and although I would never disrespect previous people I have been connected to – there is an obvious professionalism that comes with a major team.

I am early into my affiliation with them but things have been terrific so far. My last fight was a late replacement which was a little disappointing but at least I got back in the ring and laid some ghosts to rest.

People have obviously jumped on the negatives since my losses and have questioned my mental strength, but I can state categorically that I have no lack of believe in what I am trying to achieve, it’s nonsense. There is a massive difference between permanent self doubt and pressure of an occasion. Fighting in front of 6000 People after a defeat adds intense pressure to a situation, and although I asked for the rematch the stakes were very high and it backfired.

I have had some great sparring over the last few weeks including one of my old adversaries Sam Sexton. He requested to come down and I accepted it gratefully – I think he was trying to avenge his loss to me, so sparring got pretty tasty – it was intense but a very good test.

In some ways the setback has helped me, I have only had 17 fights and was maybe 2 away from fighting Klitschko before the defeats, no way would I of been ready at that point.. I was very immature as a fighter and am still not full matured yet, this will come as I go along and at 30 I am not one bit concerned about time running out.

I am looking to fight 5 times this year. My next fight is on March 29th, the opponent is being finalised as we speak – then I’m back out in May in Scandinavia hopefully. My fight after that should be back home in the uk at the Echo Arena. We are focusing on looking to 2015 to be my year back in amongst the best and pushing on to better things. I realise the division is wide open and intend fully to get back into the reckoning.

When asked about other British Heavyweights he was very complimentary – Tyson Fury has to be respected, he is still undefeated – and once he is back in shape he should continue to up his opponents.

In relation to Anthony Joshua, I hope he isn’t rushed like I was – what I’ve seen from him has really impressed me and thankfully he looks to have a good calm head on him, telling people to ease off and let him build at a pace he can learn his trade and concrete his boxing style.

Fans question from Lloyd Mapes was; if you could fight any heavyweight from the past who would it be and why?

David firstly stated his favourite heavyweight of all time was Lennox Lewis, but in relation to fighting a heavyweight from history – it would have to be Joe Frazier because the styles and reach would make it into a much more watchable and intriguing fight. Joe was one of the greatest and it would of been a honour to share the ring with him.

By David Matthews

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