By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
DAVID PRICE can take a massive step towards a world title tilt when he meets Sam Sexton in Liverpool tonight.
The 6ft 8in Scouser bids to win the vacant British heavyweight title at Aintree racecourse to hammer home his world heavyweight claims.
Price, 28, won Olympic bronze in Beijing four years ago and is being tipped for world title glory within two years.
He is managed by Frank Maloney, who guided Lennox Lewis to the top – and Price wants to follow suit.
But he is refusing to count any chickens and said: “I don’t want to look past anyone because I don’t want to have any regrets.
“If I was to look past Sam and get beaten, I simply wouldn’t forgive myself. This is too important for that.
“You only get one crack at the whip in this game and I have just got to make sure I do it right.”
Price added: “It’s going to be my most difficult fight since turning pro. He’s the best opponent I’ve faced.”
Ex-Commonwealth champ Sexton, 27, has lost just twice – both times to Dereck Chisora – in 17 contests.
Price said: “Sam’s strengths are probably his speed of both hand and foot, and he is also a very good technical boxer.
“I know what Sam’s about and I don’t take too much from his other performances.
“I don’t think he’s fought anyone like me so there’s no point reading too much into them.”
Price has won all 12 of his fights as a pro and claims he will become world champion by his 20th fight.
It is certainly bold talking but he insists he is not putting an extra burden on himself in terms of his ambitions.
He said: “I’ve got the same pressures as any other person in the world who’s got a family and has to go out and earn some money.
“I’m no different from a fella who has to get up and lay bricks for a living. We’ve both got to go and perform.”
PREDICTION: It really will be a tough one for Price but I am taking the Scouser to end it all around the sixth.