David Price will fight world rated American Tony Thompson in a 12
round international heavyweight contest at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on
February 2012. The two-time world title challenger represents the biggest professional test so far for the emerging British star.
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Price (15-0) has had a
magnificent 2012 winning his titles and knocking out all four opponents.
It is a return to the 8,000 capacity venue where Price beat Audley Harrison inside a round two months ago.
Price, 29, is now ranked No.9 by the WBC and rapidly closing in on
the heavyweight divisions big guns, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.
Southpaw Thompson (36-3) brings a wealth of experience and has knocked out 24 of his opponents.
Two of his defeats came against Wladimir Klitschko in world titles
challenges. Back in July 2008 he lost in 11 rounds and earlier this year
was beaten in six.
Price’s promoter Frank Maloney said: “This is the right fight at the
right time for David and one where a win will propel him even higher.
“Thompson still has ambition and I am certain that he will come to win and score a major upset.”
Thompson is ranked 10th
in the IBF world rankings.
In the chief supporting bout, another Liverpool boxer Kevin Satchell
(9-0) will defend his British and Commonwealth flyweight titles against
Belfast’s Luke Wilton (13-2-1).
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