By Elliot Foster
David Price got back to winning ways on Saturday.
The former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion admitted to nearly hanging up the gloves after his last defeat –– but now has a new lease of life.
Price said after defeat to Christian Hammer in February that he wouldn’t box again and that he would return to work as a gas engineer.
But he just couldn’t keep away from the sport and returned at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, exclusively live on iFL TV.
He boxed for the first time under his new training team of former pros Derry Mathews and Joe McNally as well as Scouse boxing stalwart George Vaughan.
And it was a successful comeback for the man who still believes he can get to the upper echelons of the sport.
Price was up against Kamil Sokolowski of Poland on the MTK London card billed ‘Pride & Glory’ and outpointed the Barnstaple-based man by 60 points to 54.
“I thought it was a good performance,” Price, who wasn’t overcommitting and admitted to using the fight to get back into things, said afterwards. “I got a good six rounds in the bank but the thing is I need ring time.
“Before my last fight, I had four rounds in two years and now I’m looking to get another six- or eight-round fight under my belt in February, then a 10-rounder and then we’ll see what comes.
“It’s not really my style to start calling people out but I want to step up. We know that there are fighters out there in a similar position to myself who would probably fancy the job against me, but I’ll just keep pushing on and if something comes then great.”
There has been some interesting social media chat between Price and Tyson Fury recently –– and the 34-year-old said that a fight between them could happen if it was right.
“Tyson and I were together the other day and from what I was told he has a lot of big plans,” Price added. “But I know that if Tyson Fury could give me the opportunity he would love to and I have a lot of respect for him.
“Let’s make no bones about it, I’m not on his level as a fighter, but a fight between us would still generate a lot of interest and we respect each other as men.”