David Price hopes to use Erkan Teper fight as springboard
Last Updated: 17/07/15 12:18pm
Liverpool heavyweight David Price will use his fight for the vacant European title as a springboard for a return to world level.
Price takes on undefeated Erkan Teper for the EBU crown this Friday in a fight that can see him catapulted back among the top names at heavyweight.
Two surprise losses to American Tony Thompson in 2013 were a major setback for Price, who was being tipped as one of the potential heirs to the Klitschko brothers, but he insists he has recovered from those defeats.
"If someone had said to me 18 months ago that you will be fighting for the European title at this point in time I would have snapped their hand off because back then it felt like there was going to be no other opportunities," said Price.
"But it’s also a lesson because things can change quickly if you keep working hard and don’t lose faith – we all have doubts in our minds – but if you keep working hard and plugging away you will get your rewards and that’s happening now.
"I could rest on my laurels and say, 'I got back to this point and everything else is a bonus', but I’m not looking at it like that.
"I want to get beyond this point because I feel that’s where I should be – heading towards world level – so I want to use this fight as that springboard."
Olympic bronze medallist Price is anticipating a difficult night in Ludwigsburg, Germany, against the unbeaten Teper, who has won nine of his 14 fights by knockout.
I’m not particularly worried about his power because it’s the same with any other heavyweight. If you get hit on the chin you’re likely going to end up feeling it.
Teper, 33, will be looking to start quickly against Price given he has lost twice by stoppage but the Merseyside hitter, who has 16 knockouts from 19 wins, has warned him he will be running into trouble.
"From what I’ve seen he’s going to try and come out and start fast," he said.
"Now, because I’ve lost by stoppage people have it in their head that it will be easy to knock me out so they come out and start head hunting straight away but it plays into my hands.
"I’m not particularly worried about his power because it’s the same with any other heavyweight. If you get hit on the chin you’re likely going to end up feeling it.
"So it’s not like I’m going to go in there worrying about his power – if anything he should be worrying about mine because he’s there to be hit.
"I’m the better fighter defensively but I do expect him to come out and start fast and try and put it on me early but he’s more than welcome because I’m prepared."