The 32 year-old makes his comeback from a setback to the now shamed Erkan Teper last summer, but rather than fighting at his beloved Anfield – home of Liverpool FC, Price will feature at football rivals Everton FC’s Goodison Park venue.
Bellew, who is a staunch Evertonian, is hoping to win the world title at the third attempt and Price admits that the two have enjoyed some banter about the possibility of the former Olympian keeping his ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ anthem later this month.
“I would’ve preferred (to fight at) Anfield! I had dreams for years of that, but the way my career has gone I’m now at Goodison!” joked Price.
“Football aside, it’s a great event for the city, Tony and I have talked about the ring-walk music and he doesn’t want me to walk out to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ but I want to!
“We’ll get to the bottom of that but boxing wise, it’s a new start for me with a new trainer (David Coldwell, who also trains Bellew).
“The times I’ve slipped up have been on the receiving end of a man on a banned substance, so this is a new start for me,” he added.
Price is hopeful of being reinstated to the IBF rankings when they are updated next week as Teper serves out the remainder of a one-year ban by the German Association and a two-year sentence with the EBU.
Prior to the Teper loss, Price was handily placed by the International Boxing Federation, so should a top 15 spot be forthcoming, the Merseysider could be in line to challenge current champion Anthony Joshua at some point in the near future.