Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Price continues comeback
By Dan Rafael
Heavyweight David Price will step up his level of competition when he faces Ondrej Pala on March 29.
The rebuilding of British heavyweight David Price will continue on March 29.
Price (16-2, 14 KOs) will face Ondrej Pala (32-4, 22 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round bout in Berlin, Germany on the undercard of Marco Huck's cruiserweight title defense against Mirko Larghetti.
The 6-foot-8, 250-pound Price, 30, will be fighting for the second time since suffering back-to-back upset knockout losses to American Tony Thompson last year.
Price, the 2012 ESPN.com prospect of the year, signed with Germany's Sauerland Event after the losses and also brought on American trainer Tommy Brooks to guide his comeback. Price returned on Jan. 25 and scored a first-round knockout against no-hoper Istvan Ruzsinszky.
Pala (33-4, 23 KOs), 29, of the Czech Republic, is certainly a step up from Ruzsinszky, although he is two fights removed from a third-round knockout loss to British contender Dereck Chisora in November.
"This is exactly the type of fight I need," Price said. "Pala is a guy who isn't afraid to come forward and trade. We saw this when he fought Chisora. Although Dereck got the stoppage, Pala was holding his own and I don't think he was ever in any real trouble. He just got spun into the corner and the fight was waved off. Now it's my turn.
"I'm in great shape. Everything has been going really well in the gym with Tommy. I am looking forward to getting in there and exchanging blows with this guy. I am confident that on March 29th I am going to get the job done."
It's all part of the process to help Price gain confidence and work on things with Brooks.
"This is the next step in the rebuilding process for Pricey," promoter Kalle Sauerland said. "Pala has a lot of experience and as his knockout record suggests, he can punch. This will be a good test for David and it should give us some indication of the progress he has made so far this year."