David Price is desperate to taste victory again after suffering back-to-back defeats against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin and Sergey Kuzmin.
The Liverpudlian giant faces Tom Little on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s highly-anticipated rematch with Derek Chisora this Saturday at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office .
This is potentially the last throw of the dice for Price after a difficult 2018 and the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist plans on taking out Little in style to set-up some huge Heavyweight contests next year.
“I’m longing for that buzz of winning again,” said Price. “This is why Saturday is so important to me. I would love to get some momentum going and put together some good and see where it takes me, and then just go from there.
“It would be nice to get my hand raised, to get people congratulating me again, rather than commiserating with me. Instead of being the ‘nearly man’ or whatever, you’re a winner again. There’s nothing better than glory in sport. It’s what keeps fighters coming back. It’s that buzz, adulation, and everything that comes with it. It would be a good way to finish the year off.”
Price enters this weekend’s eight-round contest as a significant favourite but there’s no danger of him overlooking Little as he battles to keep his career breathing and he insists that the Hatfield man has his full respect.
“This fight is of the utmost importance really,” added Price. “It’s a massive fight that I just can’t afford to lose. It’s everything. Tom is a lot better than his record suggests, put it that way, but I would consider myself a level above him considering I’m a former British Champion and an Olympian.
“That’s not me being disrespectful as me and Tom get on well and we’ve done a hell of a lot of sparring together. He’s definitely bridged the gap from when I first started sparring him. I’m taking him really seriously. I still believe I’ve got something left in me to turn things around. There are that many big names in the Heavyweight division right now, or decent enough names, and everyone needs a dance partner.”
Main event sees fierce Heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora rematch after their Fight of the Year contender in December 2016.
Charlie Edwards gets a second shot at a World title when he challenges Cristofer Rosales for the WBC Flyweight World title, rising Croydon star Joshua Buatsi defends his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title against tough Australian Renold Quinlan, British Featherweight Champion Ryan Walsh puts his Lonsdale belt on the line against Watford’s Reece Bellotti, with Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley and Nigerian Middleweight Linus Udofia also featuring on the undercard.
David Price isn’t looking past the significant task of Tom Little for a second but admits he would love a second clash with unbeaten Russian Sergey Kuzmin.
The towering Liverpudlian (22-6-KO18) withdrew after four rounds of his September clash with Kuzmin (14-0-KO11) due to a bicep injury but is back in action on December 22 on the undercard of Dillian Whyte vs. Derek Chisora II.
With Little (10-6-KO3) in his sights, Price is fully focused on ensuring he stays in the mix in a thriving division.
Price said: “As much as Tom and I are genuinely friends as far as boxing is concerned and get along well, we’ll put it all on the line on the night. It’s going to be an exciting fight.
“I’ve had intensive physio on the bicep. I’m fortunate in that it wasn’t a complete tear. It was something we were working on so I’m lucky that I’m able to start using it properly in time to fight again this year.
“The Kuzmin fight came in at late notice and things weren’t ideal but that’s gone now and I’m enjoying training. I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring and back into winning ways.
“It’s all well and good fighting on big shows but we’re in this sport to win and succeed. I’ve lost three of my last four and I want that winning feeling back.
“I’d love to fight Kuzmin again one day because I believe with proper preparation I could stand him on his head.”
Price is joined on a stellar bill at The O2 – broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office – by MTK Global team-mate Charlie Edwards, who challenges Cristofer Rosales for the WBC world super-flyweight title.
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