David Price: Home support will help me KO Audley Harrison
Last Updated: 10/10/12 12:01pm
David Price: first British title defence in his home city
David Price says the fear of local ridicule will help him score a "spectacular" victory over Audley Harrison on Saturday.
Harrison's routine win over Ali Adams in May has done little to restore a reputation destroyed by the nature of his defeat to David Haye almost two years ago.
And while 6ft 8in Price believes the former European heavyweight champion represents his toughest challenge in 14 fights as a professional, he knows that opinion is not shared by his fellow Liverpudlians.
Ahead of a first British title defence in his home city Price said: "Were I to lose, there'd be nowhere for me to hide.
"Audley's not considered much of a boxer up in these parts, so if I lost to him I'd really be ridiculed. And it's not as though I could walk around the town inconspicuously!"
Price fell two wins short of matching Harrison's Olympic gold medal in 2008, and his current standing on the domestic scene has been hard-earned after a shocking defeat in the Beijing semi-finals forced him to start from the bottom as a pro.
Recent victories over John McDermott and Sam Sexton have left the 29-year-old's stock higher than ever, but he said: "I view this as a big step up. Audley is the best opponent I'll have faced as a pro, and the pressure's off him.
"I'm going to have to put it on him from the start, not let him get into the fight. But I'm younger, fresher, fitter, quicker and more hungry. I've finally got some momentum and, to sustain it, I need to win spectacularly."