David Price sees himself capturing the EBU heavyweight title in 2013
By Scott Gilfoid: 29-year-old heavyweight prospect David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) has set a goal for himself to capture the EBU heavyweight title in 2013. That’s one of Price’s goals, as well as fighting in a heavyweight title eliminator bout. Price will turn 30 in July 2013, and that’s kind of old for a fighter that is looking to capture an EBU heavyweight title. That’s kind of ripe for a fighter looking to win an EBU title.
Fighters usually capture that belt in their early 20s and then move on to bigger and better things, yet Price is looking to fight for the EBU title as a 30-year-old. That’s interesting, and I think kind of goal that would be better forgotten about, at least that’s what I would recommend if I was Price’s promoter.
Why waste time? He’s also around the same age as Audley Harrison when he got his pro career started.
Price said to Sky Sports News “By the end of next year, I hope we are at least talking about me having won a European title, possibly even me having fought in a world title eliminator. Should I come through the fight with Tony Thompson then my world rankings should go right up.”
Let’s be real. Price’s ranking will rise even if he fights Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison again, although I really hope he doesn’t bizarre like that, because it’s bad enough that he fought those guys in the first place. Harrison is 40, Skelton 45, and Tony Thompson, Price’s next opponent, is 41.
That’s pretty old and it just seems like Price’s promoter is matching him against toothless old lions to prevent him from getting knocked out before he gets his title shot. The bad part about that is when Price eventually does fight for a world title, he’ll likely be totally lost because the guys he’s been facing have been old fighter with limited talent to begin with and made worse by old age.
It’s not as if Price is making up for his lack of competition by getting world class sparring because he clearly isn’t. He’s facing local sparring partners and then going out and fighting old heavyweights. That’s not going to get Price ready to fight the Klitschko brothers. It’ll get him ready to be over-matched and knocked out.
Price and Thompson will go at it in the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on February 23rd. Thompson isn’t just old, he also lost his last fight by a 6th round knockout to Wladimir Klitschko.