British heavyweight champion David Price has been handed his mandatory challenger for the Lonsdale Belt following the British Boxing Board of Control’s decision to set a November 13 deadline for a clash with Dereck Chisora.
Price, 30, is currently scouting for his next opponent after suffering two straight defeats at the hands of Tony Thompson, although today’s purse bid announcement doesn’t necessarily mean that the fight will go ahead.
For one, Chisora is now the European title holder and Price is not in line for a chance at his title with Kubrat Pulev sitting at number one with the EBU and two, ‘Del Boy’ is possibly on the cusp of another world title shot of his own.
Fighting Price would be a backward step at this stage for Chisora, even with the interest of the British fans, and it should be expected that another challenger with be opposing the giant Liverpudlian when he does return to the ring.
29 year-old Chisora is due out again next month to make the first defence of the blue belt he won when stopping Edmund Gerber, with Price not expected to be considered for that fight by promoter Frank Warren.
Opponents further down the pecking order domestically are in line to be fighting Price for his comeback later this year, although a future clash with Chisora is said to interest both parties – maybe for the first half of 2014.