David Price to face Josue Blocus on Wach-Fields undercard on March 24th in U.S
By William Mackay: According to boxrec.com, unbeaten British heavyweight David Price (12-0, 10 KO’s) will be facing little known heavyweight Josue Blocus (16-2, 14 KO’s) on March 24th on the undercard of the heavyweight battle between Mariusz Wach vs. Tye Fields in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the United States. This isn’t exactly the best possible card for Price to get attention.
Also on the card will be heavyweights Artur Szpilka vs. Terrance Marbra.
Price, who turns 29 in July, is hoping to get a fight against British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in April. But he wants to look good in front of the U.S fans in March against Blocus before then. It’s unknown now whether Fury will opt to defend his British title or vacate it, as he still has the Commonwealth heavyweight title and really doesn’t need the British strap. It won’t look good if he doesn’t face Price, but the money he’d get for the fight might not be worth the risk involved given that Fury could land a big money fight against one of the world champion Klitschko brothers this year.
Price stopped John McDermott in the 1st round earlier this month in a British heavyweight title eliminator bout. Price put McDermott down three times in the fight before it was stopped. It was no big deal that Price beat McDermott, because he’s not an especially good heavyweight. However, it was the that Price beat him is what has a lot of boxing fans excited about his potential in the heavyweight division.
If Price can keep doing that against better heavyweights like Fury, then he could be someone that will be ready to be matched against the Klitschko brothers in late 2012 or sometime in 2013. At 28, Price can’t afford to waste valuable time toiling away against lesser fighters because Vitali Klitschko could retire soon, and Wladimir probably isn’t a good match-up for Price due to his mobility and much better jab.
Blocus is a pretty poor selection for Price to be fighting, and it’s an embarrassment even for undercard fight. It’s disappointing that this is the guy that will be matched against Price in his American debut because you’d like to see him fight a recognizable name first of all and someone that is at least on the same level as McDermott rather than a rung below him. Blocus has been beaten by journeyman Ron Guerrero and Friday Ahunanya in the past. He did beat Nicolai Firtha six long years ago, but then took a three year time out from boxing between 2007 and 2010. As of now, Blocus hasn’t fought in the past 15 months since October 2010, and it will have been 17 months out of the ring for Blocus by the time that he faces Price in March. This isn’t a fight, this is a slaughter and is a pitiful match-up. What can Price can from this fight?