By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
DAVID Price is out to announce his arrival on the world stage by beating veteran Tony Thompson tomorrow night.
Price bids to extend his unbeaten run to 16 when he meets the two-time world heavyweight challenger at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
And the 6ft 8in Scouser wants to show everyone that he is the natural successor to world champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.
The two German-based Ukrainians hold five world title belts and 29-year-old Price sees tomorrow’s fight as a perfect opportunity to move nearer to such exalted company.
American Thompson, 41, has twice challenged Wladimir and although he lost both times, he survived a total of 17 rounds.
Price said: “This is a perfect opportunity to make a statement. A fight like this gives me a great opportunity to show just how good I am.”
Price has beaten Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison in his last two fights and he said: “Although my last two opponents have been world title challengers, Thompson fought for one last July.
“He is at world level and if I can do a number on him and a better or as good a job as Wladimir Klitschko, it will send a message around the world. I am not concentrating on out-doing Wladimir. I will concentrate on my own performance and I’m sure it will take care of itself.
“In this era, it isn’t too often that two top 10 fighters face each other. It is a big fight.”
Victory for Price will catapult him nearer his dream of a world title tilt inside 20 fights.
He said: “Who knows what can happen after this fight if I can do a good job?
“It is not impossible that by the end of this year, I will be knocking on the door for a world title fight.
“I turn 30 in the summer and that is young for a heavyweight. If I can win it in my 30th year, we will be on the right track.
“It is good that I get an opponent like Thompson to bring out the best in me. It is a challenge because he has been in the top 10 for about six years.
“These are the type of challenges I need to bring the best out in myself.”