- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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British heavyweight David Price, trying to rebuild his career after back-to-back upset knockout losses to American contender Tony Thompson this year, will make his comeback on Dec. 14, promoter Sauerland Event announced Wednesday.
Price, the 2012 ESPN.com prospect of the year and a 2008 British Olympic bronze medalist, will face Evgeny Orlov in a scheduled eight-round bout in Neubrandenburg, Germany, on a card headlined by Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KOs) facing Marcus Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 KOs) for a vacant light heavyweight world title.
Price (15-2, 13 KOs), 30, who recently signed with Sauerland Event and also began training with Adam Booth as he radically changed his team following the losses, said he is eager to get back in the ring and put the defeats behind him.
"I am excited to be starting this new chapter in my career," said Price, who was stopped by Thompson in the second round in February and in the fifth round in July. "My training with Adam has been going really well. We have made some changes in the gym and been working on a few different things for this fight. Come fight night people will see these changes in my performance.
"My opponent, Orlov, is a tough guy so I am not taking anything for granted, but I have seen him in training camps and watched him fight so I know what I need to do to beat him."
Promoter Kalle Sauerland plans for Price to stay active boxing on his shows throughout Europe in 2014 before returning to Price's hometown of Liverpool -- where both losses to Thompson took place -- next fall.
"This is the first-step back for David," Sauerland said. "It will be a solid test and a great learning experience for him. There is no doubt that David has the potential to become a world champion but we must take things slowly to allow him to develop and grow as a fighter."
Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs), 35, of Russia, has won two fights in a row.
In another fight on the card, Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs), a mandatory challenger for heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and potentially his next opponent in March, will stay busy against an opponent to be determined.