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David Price pulls out of Emilio Zarate fight with biceps injury

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Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (L) takes a punch from David Price on June 7, 2014, in Schwerin, Germany. Photo by Boris Streubel - Bongarts/Getty Images.

Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (L) takes a punch from David Price on June 7, 2014, in Schwerin, Germany. Photo by Boris Streubel – Bongarts/Getty Images.

 

The scheduled Dec. 6 return of heavyweight David Price against Emilio Zarate in Germany has been delayed due to a minor biceps injury suffered during a sparring session, according to a release by promoter Sauerland Event.

Price (18-2, 15 knockouts) suffered a slight tear in his left biceps during sparring and has been advised to pull out of the bout against Emilio Zarate (18-13-3, 9 KOs), which was scheduled for the undercard of a main event featuring THE RING’s No. 4-rated light heavyweight, Juergen Braehmer, against Pawel Glazewski at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany.

Price has won three straight fights since suffering consecutive stoppage losses to American Tony Thompson in 2013. Following his most recent bout, a unanimous decision over Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, Price required surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his right hand.



“It’s frustrating, as I felt that I was in the shape of my life going into this fight. I’ve been to see a specialist, who confirmed it was nothing serious, but advised me to avoid the fight on Dec. 6. These things happen in boxing,” said Price, 31.

“It’s a minor injury, and I’ll be fine in the next couple of weeks. However, it’s not worth the risk of fighting before it’s completely healed. Next year is the big one for me. I will need to be completely fit and injury free. This is just minor setback. I’ll be back in the ring and back at my best in the next couple of months.”

Price’s withdrawal is the latest injury blow to the card.

An elbow injury forced RING/IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez to postpone his appearance against former title challenger Ola Afolabi.

In addition to Braehmer-Glazewski, Jack Culcay will fight Karim Merroudj for the European junior middleweight title, and German super middleweight Tyron Zeuge meets Stjepan Bozic.

“I feel for Pricey as I know he was desperate to get back into the ring,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “But this has no effect on our plans for the future, as 2015 is going to be a huge year for the big man.”

 

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