David Price targets July return following Alexander Povetkin loss
By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 26/04/18 1:11pm
David Price insists his defeat to Alexander Povetkin can be the 'catalyst' for a successful final chapter of his career and is already planning a summer return.
The towering Liverpudlian valiantly took on Povetkin last month, and even had the Russian hurt in the third period, but Price ultimately fell short when a vicious left hook stopped him in the fifth.
Getting back in the gym, sparring again, I feel like I've really found my mojo. Even though I lost, this could be the catalyst I need and I believe it will be.
Despite the defeat, the fifth of his career, the 34-year-old believes he has "found his mojo again" and the popular Merseysider already has a date pencilled in for his ring return.
"I'm just recovering and letting my injuries heal right now but my eye is already on the next move," Price exclusively told Sky Sports.
"I've got July 27 pencilled in by my management team so I have something to look forward to straight away, I'm not taking time out and am ready to hit the ground running.
"Before the Povetkin fight I said to myself that I would carry on regardless of the result. I got myself in good shape for that fight and now I want to build on that.
"The belief is still there and for the first fight back we want to try and get a decent opponent, then after that get a top-15 ranked fighter."
Price is taking positives from his latest career setback and hopes it is the catalyst he needs to return to his best.
"There was plenty to take from the loss and it was definitely a risk worth taking, I just got beat by a really good fighter," he continued.
"I did come close to winning or at least I had him hurt but it was just bad timing and came at the end of the round. I think I definitely showed I can compete at that level.
"For a while I have wanted to show what I showed in those four and a half rounds and I now can't wait to get back in the ring.
"Getting back in the gym, sparring again, I feel like I've really found my mojo. Even though I lost, this could be the catalyst I need and I believe it will be - I'm in a good place physically and mentally."