David Price says a fight with Dereck Chisora is likely for next year

Last Updated: 03/12/12 4:21pm

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Dereck Chisora: Being lined up for David Price after Skelton defence

Dereck Chisora: Being lined up for David Price after Skelton defence

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David Price admits his first goal is to win a Lonsdale belt outright - and that would mean a fight with Dereck Chisora in the New Year.

Price makes the second defence of the British and Commonwealth titles against Matt Skelton on Friday, and if he wins would require just one more to have the prestigious belt for keeps.

"It would be a win-win fight because it would be a step up in class for me and the chance to win the British Lonsdale belt outright."
Price on Chisora

And with only David Haye, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora at Price's level domestically, a scrap with the latter appears most likely.

"Chisora is the logical next opponent to defend my British title against because I think Dereck would take the fight at British level," said Price.

"David Haye is a former world champion who only wants one fight, which we know about (Vitali Klitschko) and Dereck Chisora would fight for the British title, I believe.

"It would be a win-win fight because it would be a step up in class for me and the chance to win the British Lonsdale belt outright if, all being well, I beat Matt Skelton.

"It's the logical next step, without a doubt, but it's a fight that would have to be under the British Boxing Board of Control regulations because I want to win that Lonsdale belt for keeps."

Transition

That means the BBBofC would need to give Chisora the all-clear to box after they took away his licence in the wake of the disgraceful scenes involving Haye in Munich earlier this year.

Price admits there are not too many options for him as he bids to make the transition from domestic champion to world title challenger.

"The likes of Deontay Wilder, Robert Helenius and Johnathon Banks are fighters who create a buzz and interest but a fight with someone like Wilder isn't going to happen until we reach world level," he added.

"Helenius is a possibility for the European title but it depends what the situation is with the rankings and who is mandatory, who is champion et cetera.

"It's important for myself and the other European guys that an American heavyweight does come through because it creates interest over there and that's where the big money is."

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