By Elliot Foster
David Price will get the chance to win a title this weekend.
The Liverpool heavyweight returns to action, live on ITV Box Office, at the Olympia in London.
And the former British and Commonwealth champion, who was touted in his early days as Britain’s big hope in the sport’s premier division, has been given the opportunity to add to his collection.
Price (21-3, 18 KOs) faces Christian Hammer, as part of the undercard to Chris Eubank Jr.’s challenge of Renold Quinlan for the IBO super-middleweight title, over 12 rounds on February 4.
And Boxing Scene has learned that the WBO European belt owned by Hammer (20-4, 11 KOs) will be at stake in their showdown which doubles up as an official world title eliminator.
Hammer, 29, is German-based but was born in Romania. Four years younger than this Saturday’s opponent, he won a split decision against Erkan Teper –– who Price was knocked out by in July 2015 for the European title before it was discovered that Teper was taking performance-enhancing substances –– back in October in Germany as he handed the disgraced heavyweight his first defeat.
Price’s clash with Hammer for the latter’s WBO European heavyweight title tops a stellar supporting cast to Quinlan vs. Eubank Jr.
Andrew Selby challenges Filipino flyweight Ardin Diale for his WBC International title over 12 rounds, Adam Etches and John Ryder clash in a mouth-watering super-middleweight showdown for the vacant IBF International crown and Kid Galahad returns up at featherweight, targeting a world title shot later on in the year as he takes on New York-based Ghanaian Joseph Agbeko.
Meanwhile, Chris Kongo will box on the card and there will be action for Kid Galahad’s gym-mate Jordan Gill, Joe Jackson Brown, as well as Steve Goodwin-managed duo Lucas Ballingall and Jordan Dennis.