David Price tells Ringside he wants to fight Tyson Fury

Last Updated: 13/10/13 4:25pm

Price: suffered double defeat to Tony Thompson in 2013

David Price is determined to bounce back from a disastrous 2013 and reckons a match-up with Tyson Fury could get him back on track.

The British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion suffered the first defeat of his career to American veteran Tony Thompson in February, when the 41-year-old landed a knockout blow on the Beijing bronze medal winner in the second round.

"I'm looking forward now and I'm looking forward to writing the wrongs of what has happened in my career."

David Price

And Thompson stopped Price again in July, this time in the fifth, to stun the Liverpudlian's hometown crowd.

Now plotting his return from that double-blow, Price told Ringside a couple of under-the-radar fights before the end of the year would be ideal, before a potential meeting with the loser of David Haye v Tyson Fury in the New Year.

"I want a fight in November then maybe again in December," he said.

"I could do with a couple of fights that are out of the way, not topping the bill in Liverpool all the time, massive occasions. And I need rounds, I need to be in ring for eight, 10 rounds, lose a couple of rounds here and there.

"I never got to have that because I was knocking everyone out. In a way I was a victim of my own power and there was always a chance of that happening.

"But this heavyweight division is wide open underneath the Klitschkos. There are opportunities, especially in this country. We've got those Haye, Fury, Dereck Chisora, myself and other fighters coming through.

"After I get a couple of wins, get back on my horse the more realistic opportunity would come against the loser of that Haye v Fury fight, ie, in my opinion, Tyson Fury.

"That's been a fight people have wanted to see for a long time, regardless of me getting beat or not. That will still be a big fight."

Tough

However, Price admits the defeats to Thompson have been hard to get over, although he suggested nerves may have been the principle reason for his loss in the second encounter.

"It's been hard to cope with," he said.

"The first defeat was difficult to come to terms with. Looking back and evaluating everything, the first fight was bad luck.

"If you look at the second fight with Tony Thompson I got hit with plenty more than what I got hit with in the first fight it was only my own exhaustion which beat me. He was hitting me with the kitchen sink.

"But the week of the fight, on the Monday, I did the media work out and I was in a bad way. And that was only taking it easy. I thought I'd be ok by the weekend.

"I did everything you could ask of me in training. I did all the sparring, I was fit, but I was under a lot of pressure from the outset and the previous loss to Tony Thompson by knockout was in the back of my mind - and it built up a lot of nervous energy.

"Maybe it would have been better to get an interim fight before going back in with him. In hindsight, now I know you don't have to go back in to try and beat the man who has beaten you - but my pride was hurt and I wanted to get back in.

"In the end I was a second away from doing it, beating a man who has troubled the Klitschkos. But he got up, I was exhausted and that was that.

Potential

"No-one could have foreseen what has happened to me but it has happened and it's gone now. It's history as far as I'm concerned. I'm looking forward now and I'm looking forward to writing the wrongs of what has happened in my career.

"I've lost twice, but only to one man and as far as I'm concerned if I can tap into my potential and fulfil it I could finish my career having only lost to the one man."

The defeats led to Price splitting from long-time trainer Franny Smith and the 30-year-old says he is currently in the hunt for a new mentor.

"I'm speaking to different trainers and trying them out and I'll come to a conclusion in the next couple of weeks who is going to be the best man to take me forward," he said.

"Not only do I want a trainer I want someone who can guide me for the rest of my career, someone experienced.

"There are a lot of options for me because a lot of people know I've got the ability to go a long way but it's not a decision I want to rush."