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Heavy David Price off Bellew card with virus

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David Price has been knocked out of his upcoming fight on Saturday by a virus, promoter Eddie Hearn announced on Monday.

The 6-8 heavyweight was set to return on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s WBC cruiserweight title defense against BJ Flores Saturday at ECHO Arena in his hometown of Liverpool. But Price (21-3, 18 knockouts) contracted a virus over the weekend and won’t be able to go through with his scheduled six-round fight on Sky Sports, Hearn said. David Allen (9-1-1) had reportedly accepted the fight against the 33-year-old Price. An email to Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing was not immediately returned.

“One news I must give is David Price has come down with a virus over the weekend and won’t be on the bill, which is unfortunate for him as he continues his progression,” Hearn said at a press conference on Monday.

In his place will step junior welterweight Tom Farrell (9-0, 2 KOs), who will take over Price’s TV slot against Farid Hakimi (9-1, 5 KOs). “A young man that will capitalize (on Price’s absence)…and that’s a young fighter we’re very excited about…that’s Liverpool’s Tom Farrell,” Hearn said.

Price stopped journeyman Ivica Perkovic in the second round on Oct. 1 in Germany for his second straight win since getting stopped in the second round to undefeated Erkan Teper in July of 2015. Price has been stopped three times in his career, twice by Tony Thompson.

 

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