English heavyweight David Price has vacated both his British and Commonwealth titles as he plans to focus on regaining his place among the division’s genuine contenders.
The 30-year-old from Liverpool, who suffered shock back-to-back KO losses to American Tony Thompson earlier this year, makes his comeback a week on Saturday, in Neubrandenburg, Germany, with a scheduled eight-round contest against Russian Evgeny Orlov (14-12-1, 10 knockouts).
On Thursday, in a short statement on his website, Price (15-2, 13 KOs), now promoted by Germany’s Kalle Sauerland and trained by Hayemaker supremo Adam Booth, explained the decision to give up the British and Commonwealth straps. He also commented on a possible showdown with in-form countryman Dereck Chisora, suggesting he is keen for it happen in 2014.
“’I am extremely proud to have been British and Commonwealth champion,” said Price, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist. “I have some fantastic memories of some great nights winning and defending both belts. Now the time is right for me to move in a different direction in order to rebuild my career and achieve my ultimate goal of becoming heavyweight world champion.
“As for the fight with Dereck Chisora, this is something that really interests me and I’d hope it has the potential to be made later next year.”
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