Former British champion David Price stands at number 18 in the latest WBC rankings as the Merseysider looks to seal a world title shot in his very next fight.
Price has been announced on the undercard of WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew’s first defence of the title on October 15 and a credible opponent could open the world title door.
Victory over a decent name in the fall would certainly see Price break the top 15 in the November rankings and be eligible to challenge current ruler Deontay Wilder when the American returns from injury.
Wilder’s team may well canvas for another voluntary should Alexander Povetkin come through his stipulated interim title clash with Bermane Stiverne, leaving the champion free to face another in the top 15.
That could open the door for Price to be considered for Wilder late in 2016 or in the early part of 2017 under the long-standing WBC ratings stipulation.
An opponent for Price will be announced soon as the puncher aims to build on his Goodison Park comeback win last May.