Price Has World Title Dreams as Audley Test Looms
By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
LIVERPOOL fanatic David Price is dreaming of a world title fight in front of the Kop.
The giant Scouser defends his British heavyweight title against Audley Harrison at a packed Echo Arena in his native Liverpool tonight.
And, after what he hopes will be a resounding victory, he aims to move into world title reckoning.
Those title aspirations include the possibility of him fighting at Anfield, where he is a fixture at home games and a good friend of the players.
Yesterday’s weigh-in took place there and now the unbeaten 29-year-old wants to go one better and fight at the stadium.
He said: “That’s my dream and I would love it to become a reality.
“Imagine filling Anfield for a heavyweight title fight – it would be brilliant.
“It’s an exciting thought but, for it to come true, I have just got to keep winning.”
He has the backing of the Liverpool players, many of whom know Price well, with Jamie Carragher hoping Price’s dream comes true.
Carragher will be at ringside tonight and predicts his pal will win.
He said: “It’s Pricey for me – in round six.”
Price is confident of success as he bids to make it 14 wins on the trot.
He said: “I am going to be maneuvered through the world rankings instead of having a big show at the Echo Arena for the sake of it.
“This fight isn’t going to do anything for my rating, but my promoter Frank Maloney will know when the time is right for a tilt at the world title.”
Before that day arrives, however, Price must take care of 40-year-old Harrison tonight.
Harrison, typically, is sure he can create a major surprise by claiming the 29th victory of his career.
The 2000 Olympic champion has lost five bouts in a career that hit an all-time low with a three-round demolition job by David Haye in November 2010.
And he said: “After the Haye fiasco, most people thought they had seen the last of me.
“But I decided to give it one last shot.”
He has had just one fight since the Haye defeat, beating Ali Adams in four rounds in May.
PREDICTION: Price to end it inside three rounds.
PRICE v Harrison is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch437/ Virgin Ch 546) from 6.45pm. Join at www.boxnation.com