David Price homecoming to be supported by Bellew, Smith and Fielding
British heavyweight hope David Price will fight in Liverpool, England, on June 26, for the first time since losing back to back bouts against American veteran Tony Thompson two years ago.
Price relocated to Europe following those setbacks and has won four fights, in Denmark and Germany, with three knockouts, and looks set to face Erkan Teper for the European title later in the year.
The former British and Commonwealth champion now believes the time is right to treat his loyal fan base to some action before targeting the best in the division.
“This homecoming means a lot to me,” said Price (19-2, 16 knockouts). “I’m buzzing to be back in Liverpool. It’s been longer than I had anticipated but it will be well worth the wait to be part of such a big night of boxing for the city.
“My last fight in Liverpool didn’t go as planned but that’s ancient history now. It’s behind me and I’ve moved on. I’m in a better place than I was two years ago, and on June 26 people will see a much-improved fighter. The one-punch knockout artist is still there but now I’m a more polished boxer. I’m more relaxed and I’m enjoying my time in the ring. I’ve been working tirelessly in the gym, and I’m relishing the chance to get back under the bright lights and back fighting in front of my home fans.”
The popular heavyweight joins an all-star cast with world rated super middleweights Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding in crunch clashes against Christopher Rebrasse and Bryan Vera respectively, while Tony Bellew closes in on a cruiserweight title fight following his victory over bitter rival Nathan Cleverly in November.
“I’m delighted to be back in Liverpool with this huge card,” said Eddie Hearn. “The domestic heavyweight division is really gathering pace now and it’s great to see David Price returning to Liverpool for the first time in two years. I’m pleased as always to be working with Team Sauerland to help make this happen. That relationship has enabled us to work closely on a number of fights, with Tony Bellew set to face IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Hernandez later this year.”
“We’re delighted to be working with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing to bring fans a massive night of boxing on June 26,” said Price’s promoter Nisse Sauerland. ”David’s homecoming has been a long time coming. Over the past two years, he has been gained valuable experience fighting overseas and now Liverpool’s heavyweight hope is ready to return home.”
Information courtesy of press release
Tickets for the clash go on sale at midday today (May 15) exclusively for Matchroom Fight Pass members from the from the Fight Pass area at www.matchroomboxing.com. Tickets are priced at ┬ú40, ┬ú60, ┬ú80, ┬ú100, ┬ú150 and ┬ú250 VIPs.
Tickets go on general sale tomorrow (May 16) from midday from the Echo Arena website www.echoarena.com and on 0844 8000 400 – with the Echo Arena selling tickets priced in the ┬ú40-┬ú150 bracket. The ┬ú250 VIP tickets are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and on 01277 359900.
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing