David Price has a golden opportunity to get himself into the world rankings on Saturday night against Sergey Kuzmin.
‘The Big Horrible Heavyweight’ has been placed in yet another slobberknocker when big-punching Price faces KO artist Kuzmin.
Price previously fought headliner Alexander Povetkin. The 33 year-old troubled the Russian before being badly knocked out in five.
The cancellation of a clash with Sean Turner was a blessing in disguise as Price trades blows in a contest with enormous consequences.
Speaking about the opportunity, Price said: “I can’t lose. The upside of winning this fight is life-changing so I’ll be going in there and doing whatever it takes to win.
“My confidence went through the roof despite losing the Povetkin fight. I proved I belonged at that level.
“I am prepared to meet Kuzmin head on. There’s going to be fireworks. This is potentially fight of the night,” he added.
That ‘upside’ Price speaks of could well be a fight with Dillian Whyte in December after negotiations for a rematch with Dereck Chisora stalled.
A solid alternative for Chisora should he fend off Kuzmin, Price would then be potentially one fight away from a world title shot.
As Whyte is being lined up for Joshua in April, Price would have the chance to upset the applecart and grap a Wembley headliner of his own.
Should the fight make it over the line, Whyte v Price would effectively be an eliminator for Joshua.
The man standing in Price’s way is a hard-hitter though, as compatriot Joe Joyce has already found out.
Kuzmin took care of Joyce in just 32 seconds at 2013 the European Amateur Championships and is in confident mood.
“I’m happy to be part of such a significant event here at the arena,” said Kuzmin.
“I’ve gone through very hard and tedious training. I’ll demonstrate all that I’ve achieved during this training on Saturday night.
“I’m happy to be part of such a significant fight and I am here to prove myself. Training has been hard and tedious.
“I know the fans will support David but I am not here to slack off. I am here to show what I can do,” he added.
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