Trainer Dave Coldwell is delighted with the progress of his heavyweight charge David Price, but is now hoping to get the Liverpool fighter active and on the path to a world title.
A former British and Commonwealth champion, Price, 33, is the latest boxer to seek the tutelage of Coldwell and the initial signs were positive as Price stopped Vaclav Pejsar in the second round of their May bout – the Czech opponent having never tasted the canvas before.
An Olympic bronze medallist from 2008, it has been a difficult time in the professional ranks for Price (20-3, 17 KO), suffering knockout defeats to Tony Thompson and Erkan Teper, who both later tested positive for banned substances.
Coldwell is confident that Price can now finally move on from those setbacks and look towards a world title shot.
He said: “David’s progress is going fantastic and he is developing great, both mentally and physically – his latest win was a massive weight off his shoulders.
“We didn’t want an easy opponent, we wanted someone who was aggressive and would come in to win and Pejsar tried to put it on David. We worked on things and David did exactly what I asked of him and it was a really good performance.
“It’s all about a road leading to a title shot now. We were asked about the Joshua fight before and that is the fight we really want, but of course we know David needs a couple of fights and a notable win first.”
Eric Molina has already put his name in the mix to be that opponent having called out Price over social media and Coldwell feels it is exactly the fight they need.
He continued: “It’s all about building David, we had the comeback fight and then I wanted him active and out again in July but unfortunately that did not happen.
“We want an 8 or 10 rounder next and then a win that’s going to give him a good opportunity. Someone just like Molina who has been in with champions or I would even put him in with Breazeale after his next fight – these are the guys we want to face.
“People say about David’s chin, but any heavyweight out there can get hit and go down, it’s about hitting them first and make no illusions, David can punch.
“It’s down to his promoters ‘the Sauerlands’ to get him active and they know what they’re doing in the heavyweight division so I’m sure we will have news soon.”
Matt Horan is lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123