By Jake Donovan
David Price and his promoter, Sauerland Event may agree on where the future takes them, but those plans aren't necessarily shared by others.
When Frank Warren set forth plans to stage an rematch between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, it came with the vision of the winner going on to challenge World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Given that, it raises the legitimate question of how Price believes he's suddenly in the running.
"Chisora and Fury are both well past Price at this point," said Warren of where the winner - and perhaps even the loser - stands following their anticipated July 26 rematch. The event takes place at Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England.
Price's promoter, Kalle Sauerland was quoted in
an article on ESPN's UK feed
claiming that a clash between his heavyweight and the winner of the July 26 bout is "inevitable" and "stadium bound for next year."
The claim is a considerable reach considering Price is still in the infantile stages of his rebuilding process. The 30-year old hulking Brit has won three straight, all coming against soft comepitition. Even given that, his inability to take a punch was further exposed and he has yet to prove to be ready for even mid-level heavyweights, much less embarking on a rushed course to the top.
"Price doesn't even come into the equation," Warren reiterates.
"For a start Price is nowhere near ready to fight either of these two, let alone Klitschko, after looking at his recent performances. He was floored by Ondrej Pala in the opening round, who Chisora stopped in three rounds (Writers note: Price also scored a third round stoppage over Pala, climbing off the deck to win the second round before scoring the knockout win the following round), and he looked average in his last fight against Yaroslav Zavorotnyi."
The winner of the July 26 rematch will have to wait out the September 6 showdown between Klitschko and Kubrat Pulev. It's entirely possible for a stay-busy fight to take place while awaiting a title fight to materialize, if either side chooses to go that route.
Fury (22-0, 16KO) could stand to use the ring activity. The 6'9" heavyweight will have fought just once in the past 15 months come fight night, a 4th round stoppage of American journeyman Joey Abell this past February.
The bout came on a show that also saw Chisora (20-4, 13KO) showcased, scoring a 12-round decision over American heavyweight Kevin Johnson. The win was his fifth straight, all coming in a 10-month period following the worst stretch of his career.
All four of Chisora's losses have come in the span of five fights, beginning with the 12-round decision loss to Fury when they first met in July '11. A points loss to Robert Helenius later that year was widely viewed as a horrific robbery, enough to where he was granted a shot at then-heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko.
Chisora was valiant in defeat, though ballistic in behavior beyond the ropes both before and after his fight, enough to earn a suspension from the British Boxing Board of Control. Outside resources were secured to sanction a fight versus David Haye, with whom he brawled in a riot that broke out during the post-fight press conference following his loss to Klitschko.
The showdown between rival Brits ended miserably for Chisora, suffering a one-sided 5th round knockout that figured to spell the end of his career.
Meanwhile, Price was touted as one of the rising stars in the British heavyweight landscape. However, that came to a crashing halt after suffering back-to-back knockout losses to Tony Thompson last year.
Had Warren's earlier vision played out, Price could have fought Chisora - at a point when he embarked on the comeback trail - rather than a second fight with Thompson.
"I offered Price a fight against Chisora after he'd lost to Thompson the first time, Chisora was going to have his first fight after Haye," Warren insists. "It would have been a great fight for Price to get straight back into the world scene, but he opted to take on Thompson a second time and look what happened."
What is clear for the moment, is that such a fight - with Chisora or Haye - won't take place anytime soon given what's at stake next month.
"This is a real fight between Chisora, the European Champion, against Fury, the undefeated challenger, and the man who comes out on top gets the number one position for the right to fight Klitschko for the WBO world title," Warren points out.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox