MTK Global have confirmed David Price’s comeback bid is on hold following a back injury suffered in the run-up to Friday’s fight.
Price, who was hoping to return following a devastating knockout at the hands of Alexander Povetkin, is now facing a wait to grace the ring once more.
The Liverpool man had hoped to begin his push for a European title shot after rocking former world champion Povetkin on the undercard of Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker in March.
In a short statement, MTK Global said: “Due to a back injury, David Price is unable to fight on tonight’s MTK Manchester show in Bolton. We wish David a speedy recovery.”
Before the contest, Price was in an ambitious mood, when saying:
“Even though the last fight was a defeat, I feel like I’m building momentum and I can still have a say in the big picture.
“I see this fight as an investment for the future. Of course it’s difficult to go from fighting in front of 80,000 against the second best heavyweight in the world to this environment but I’m a professional and it’s a chance to shine.
“I’ve said for a while that I’d love to fight for a world title if I can get to a shot. I will be looking to find my form on Friday and in this game – especially at heavyweight – you’re only ever two or three wins away from something special.
“You’ll rarely see me in a bad fight. I can hold my hands up and say I’ve not got the greatest chin in the world. I’ve been out twice cold but it’s not an issue to me. I have power in my own punches and that always makes for exciting fights.”
The rest of the card, featuring ex-world title challenger Jazza Dickens, is set to go ahead as planned.