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David Price Says Thompson is Perfect Foe To World Stage

David Price believes victory over Tony Thompson next month will catapult him to the next level.

The British heavyweight champion takes on his first international foe of note in the American, who lost to Wladimir Klitschko in his last fight in July.

Price has been moved steadily up the ranks by promoter Frank Maloney but 2013 is the year the Liverpudlian could become a world title contender, and beating 41-year-old Thompson is a big leap in the right direction.

"It's a big fight. He's a world class fighter. If that's not a test I don't know what is," said the 6ft 8in Price. "It will be judged after the fight whether it was a test by how I deal with him. It's an exciting fight.

"It's two levels above the level I've been fighting. It's up to me to raise my game, which I think I will obviously. I think I proved I'm above domestic level and I think it's time I prove I belong at this one.

"The opponents I fight in the first half of this year will shape the future of my career so they need to be the right opponents that are going to develop me, test me, and I think Tony Thompson is the perfect start.

"If we get the next three opponents spot on, and I can do a job on them, then I'll be ready.

"I've got different qualities to Wladimir Klitschko that he didn't show against Tony Thompson and I believe I will. I'll take any kind of win but I've got to keep a level head and concentrate on what's in front of me, and that's Tony Thompson."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 01-10-2013

[QUOTE=Freedom.;12904655]I'd like to see Price vs. Chisora next.[/QUOTE]this would be a good fight. chisora has a decent chin & he has shown in the helenius & klitschko fights that he is strong in the trenches & can push bigger guys…

Comment by papillon82 on 01-10-2013

Thompson is the biggest name for Price so far, but to be honest, in Thompson he will get another old shot fighter in the ring. Hopefully he handles him easy and move on for bigger things next. I'd like to…

Comment by Arthur Dayne on 01-10-2013

I'd like to see Price vs. Chisora next.

Comment by CraigM on 01-10-2013

[QUOTE=cornholioda3rd;12904553]It's the perfect step up for Price. Hopefully after he KO's Tony We get to see him fight World Class Heavyweights or at least good Prospects, a lot of those in HW right now.[/QUOTE] Basically this!!! There isn't really that…

Comment by cornholioda3rd on 01-10-2013

It's the perfect step up for Price. Hopefully after he KO's Tony We get to see him fight World Class Heavyweights or at least good Prospects, a lot of those in HW right now.

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