By Jake Donovan
David Price remains active while continuing the slow road back to respectability. The British heavyweight will return to the ring on June 7, as he faces Ukraine's Yaroslav Zavorotnyi.
The bout will take place at the Sport & Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany. Headlining the bill, Juergen Braehmer makes the second defense of his light heavyweight belt against a yet-to-be-determined challenger.
Price (17-2, 15KO) fights for the third time in 2014, after suffering a career-worst year during his 2013 campaign. On the brink of heavyweight contention, Price was exposed in consecutive knockout losses to American heavyweight contender Tony Thompson.
The pair of setbacks caused a complete overhaul, as he now has a new promoter and trainer. The 30-year old has since resurfaced with Sauerland Event late last year, with the promise of fighting often before returning to past glory.
So far, the Germany-based promotional powerhouse is pleased with its investment.
"Pricey has really impressed me in his last two fights," insists Kalle Sauerland. "Not only with his performances in the ring but also his attitude outside of it. He really is a consummate professional and a great ambassador for the sport.
"He is now ranked in the top ten with the WBO and will continue to climb the rankings with another win in Schwerin.''
Zavorotnyi (16-6, 14KO) comes in riding a two-fight win streak, but boasts no career wins of note. The 39-year old has suffered knockout losses to Nikolay Valuev and Alexander Dimitrenko, and was competitive in spots during a Feb. '11 decision loss to current top heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev
Price's last win came in April, scoring a 3rd round knockout of Ondrej Pala in Denmark. Prior to that came the win to officially begin the comeback tour, blasting out Istvan Rusinszky in just two minutes in their January clash in Germany.
The June 7 will mark the third straight fight away from home for the 6'8" heavyweight, who had previously spent his entire career in England.
"I feel like I have really benefitted from fighting away from home, said Price. 'There is a lot less pressure and that has given me the opportunity to express myself more in the ring.
"In my last fight against Pala, I was calm and relaxed, and I was able to enjoy the whole occasion. I have definitely got my mojo back. I cant wait to get back into the mix with all the big names in the heavyweight division.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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