David Price is well-known to U.K boxing fans.  He probably isn’t that familiar to boxing fans in other countries, especially America.

I mentioned him in an earlier article, Is British Boxing On The Rise?.  Unfortunately, even with that worthy contribution to the cause (and the efforts of the eight readers that I must have by now), I doubt that the average non-British boxing fan is that familiar with David Price.

David Price isn’t just another heavyweight hope.  He has the amateur pedigree that comes from winning a gold medal in the commonwealth games and an Olympic bronze medal, as a super heavyweight.  Professionally, his record is 13-0.

Standing at just over 2 m/ 6ft 8” tall and weighing about 112kg/248.5 lbs., he’s definitely a sizable heavyweight.  The vast majority of those 13 wins were by K.O., with many of them capped off by a booming right hand.  He’s 28, so age isn’t an Achilles heel.  David also holds the Commonwealth heavyweight title and the British title.

His introduction to the rest of the world (or at least to the big money market of America) was supposed to be on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, broadcasting from the famed Atlantic City.  This bout was secured after unsuccessfully attempting to nab a spot on the Amir Khan /Danny Garcia bill.

For all intents and purposes, his American debut seemed good to go.  The boxer himself confirmed it, although his opponent was still unnamed.  Looks like someone didn’t tell the legal types at ESPN that Price was already taping up his hands.  About a week after making the announcement, the pear shaped thing happened.

Apparently ESPN didn’t agree with the plans of Price’s promoter (Frank Maloney) to sell the broadcast rights of the bout to broadcasters in the U.K.  ESPN’s supposed position was that only their U.K. set up could show the match in Britain. This forced Maloney to remove Price from the bill, because yes, the Price wasn’t right…

So now that’s not happening, what’s next for Price?

There are a few interesting British bouts that could possibly be made for Price.  Audley Harrison and what would be a high profile clash with Tyson Fury, immediately spring to mind.  A Tyson Fury/David Price match-up might have a fair amount of appeal internationally though, or not. (Side note, Tyson Fury fights this weekend).

The aforementioned British bouts are interesting from a boxing perspective, but from a career perspective, a fight on the American stage against a mid-level name might be the better option. For a boxer looking to maximise his career, fighting in America is almost, if not absolutely, a necessity.

I previously mentioned how Carl Froch and Amir Khan have benefitted from their bouts in America.
Frank Maloney seems to agree.   The initial word is that he’s working on getting Price an opponent on American soil in August.

While I understand playing it safe on a boxer’s American debut, hopefully it’ll be against a good mid to mid-upper level boxer and not just a soft touch.  Not pointing any fingers, Vinny…


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