David Price talks Chisora, Sexton and his future
By Sean McDaniel: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect David Price (12-0, 9 KO’s) says he’s past the disappointment of not getting a fight against former British and Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury, who recently vacated his heavyweight titles rather than taking on the dangerous 6’8″ Price and risk his titles and his world ranking.
Speaking with Sky Sports News, Price said he’s going to focus his attention instead on his May 19th fight against Sam Sexton for the vacant British heavyweight title. Price said “I’ve moved on from Tyson Fury. Sam Sexton is a really good fighter and needs 100% of my attention now, I can’t dwell on the past. I’m looking forward to that fight. It’s going to be a tough fight. I see Sexton as the best fighter in my career. He’s a good defensive fighter, and has good speed. He’s a dangerous fighter. I believe I have as big a future as anyone in the sport.”
Before he can get to Sexton, however, Price has a fight coming up next month against little known Josue Blocus (16-2, 14 KO’s) on the undercard of the Mariusz Wach vs. Tye Fields card in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the United States. It’s a rather odd fight and an even odder card to be associated with, because the Wach-Fields isn’t a huge card and it’s perhaps not even worth traveling all the way to the U.S to take on a little known fighter like Blocus on this card. The Wach vs. Fields fight not only isn’t a big fight, but it’s a mismatch. Price might have been better off waiting to fight in the United States until a big card was available for him to fight on so that he could get some badly needed attention.
Price had this to say about British heavyweight Dereck Chisora’s recent indefinite ban by the World Boxing Council: “He [Chisora] needs to take responsibility for his actions. He should probably accept the ban, but he’ll probably appeal it. The WBC had to make an example of him to show they won’t tolerate that kind of behavior from him.”
Price then went onto give his future plans, saying that if he can capture the British title against Sexton in May, he’ll go ahead and defend it twice and then look to go after the European Boxing Union title before looking at going after fighters on the world heavyweight scene. It looks as if Price is going to commit a couple of years doing all of this, so we might not see him fighting for a world title until he’s 30 to 31. Right now, Price is 28 and about to turn 29 in July. It sounds like his promoter Frank Maloney wants to take things slow with him before having him eventually fight for a title. This is going to put Price as a late starter compared to fighters like the Klitschko brothers and Lennox Lewis, who won world titles in their 20s. Hopefully, Price doesn’t start suffering injuries when he ages into his 30s, because it seems like he’s brought along too slowly.