David Price admits his career is at stake when the Liverpool heavyweight battles Tom Little on Saturday night.
The former British champion needs a win after suffering defeats to Alexander Povetkin and last time out when an injury meant Price was forced to pull out mid-fight opposite Sergey Kuzmin.
Another loss is unthinkable, not only for Price but for Little, who himself has lost two bouts on the spin.
“This is a real fight,” said Price. “Tom’s well schooled now and he’s also as tough and game as they come.
“I can’t go from fighting the likes of Alexander Povetkin and Sergiy Kuzmin to fighting knock-over jobs because I need the threat in front of me.
“I know Tom Little really well and he knows me. We’ve done lots of rounds of sparring and I’ve seen him improve a lot during that time. He’s certainly closed the gap that was between us when we first started sparring.
“With the Heavyweight division, there are big fights everywhere. There are so many big names around and they all need dance partners. There are massive opportunities for the winner of this fight on offer.
“What awaits the victor is part of what will make this a cracking fight. Tom has a couple of losses in his last couple of fights and so do I, so we’re both fighting for our careers in this one.”
Price v Little forms part of a Sky Sports Box Office event topped by the rematch between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora.
It’s not infeasible that the winner of Price v Little would then face the loser of Whyte v Chisora 2.
With Anthony Joshua primed to return on April 13 at Wembley should he decide against a US debut, there could be a massive opportunity for Price if he can take care of Little in devastating fashion this weekend.
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