By Rick Reeno
During his recent visit to Las Vegas, rising UK heavyweight David Price (11-0, 9KOs) rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in boxing. The unbeaten prospect accompanied his promoter, Frank Maloney, to the WBC's 49th annual convention at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. At 6'8 and around 240-pounds, he was hard to miss.
The boxer sat down with BoxingScene.com to discuss his upcoming fight in January, a potential showdown with UK rival Tyson Fury, American prospect Seth Mitchell and more.
BoxingScene.com: You have a fight scheduled in a couple of weeks.
I'll be fighting on January 21st against John McDermott. The winner will be the mandatory for Tyson Fury for the British title.
BoxingScene.com: At the moment, most people consider you and Tyson Fury as the two best rising heavyweights in the UK. What are your thoughts on Fury as a boxer and his style of fighting?
Fury, one criticism that he had of me, is my so-called inability to take a punch. It's become clear that he can't take one. The difference is that I don't get caught with big punches like he does. Fury is wide open. He's con comfortable with punches coming at him. He closes his eyes when throwing punches. That's what I've noticed with Fury and that's what I plan to expose.
Fury is a good fighter and he's young and has a good win over an out of shape Dereck Chisora. As far as me and him, I don't believe that he's in the same league as me.
BoxingScene.com: Do you believe most people will compare your next performance to Fury's two fights against McDermott?
Yeah, because it's a common ground for the two of us. Fury lost to McDermott once in everyone's eyes and then stopped him in the ninth round. To be fair, both fighters looked piss poor in that fight [the rematch]. People may want to compare the fights but I'm going out there to make a great performance and to make a statement.
BoxingScene.com: Would the fight with Fury be your final fight on a domestic level, before you invade the world stage?
I would like to get past Fury and become British champion and then I would like Frank Maloney to match me with a ranked opponent, maybe in America. Someone like, you have Robert Helenius fighting people like Sam Peter. That's a name and a good fight for me. I want to become heavyweight champion of the world and I need to fight some fights along the way. I'm hoping that by the end of next year that Frank can match me against a very good name and we'll take it from there.
BoixngScene.com: In the United States, we have a rising heavyweight by the name of Seth Mitchell. Have you see Mitchell fight? If so, what are your thoughts on him as a fighter.
I've seen his last fight [Timur Ibragimov], from Saturday. He looks like a fast, good explosive fighter. He threw a lot of punches in the first two rounds, but I don't know if he can maintain that pace for a whole fight. But from what I've seen on Saturday, it was pretty impressive considering he was a late starter. That's someone who could be a rival in the future.
BoxingScene.com: Based on Dereck Chisora's impressive performance against Robert Helenius, do you give him any chance to beat Vitali Klitschko in February?
Helenius doesn't have a Klitschko jab and he didn't move his feet against Chisora. He didn't use his upper body. He was a sitting duck a lot of the time and Chisora was using him as a heavy bag. It's going to be different against Vitali. He stands and trades, but he pushes you back. And when Chris Arreola fought Vitali and pushed him back on the backfoot, Vitali adapted to that well.