THE 12-rounder between veteran British heavyweights Dereck Chisora, 31-9 (22), and David Price, 25-6 (20), is the main attraction on the Josh Taylor-Regis Prograis undercard at the O2 Arena in Greenwich this Saturday (October 26). Originally, Chisora had been scheduled to face former WBO champion Joseph Parker, but the New Zealander pulled out in early October due to illness, apparently caused by a spider bite. Around a week later it was announced that Price would be his replacement in what is a must-win match for both men.
Last time out in July, Chisora and Price shared a bill, with each notching impressive victories. Chisora KO’d his fellow ex-WBC title challenger Artur Szpilka in two rounds, while Price halted Dave Allen’s good run of form by forcing him to retire after 10. Ahead of the bout, Chisora has been training without a fixed coach after parting ways with Dave Coldwell because of logistical issues. The Finchley fighter wanted to locate his camp in London, but the Rotherham-based Dave Coldwell could not commit to this. As of yet, there has been no news on who will be in Chisora’s corner on fight night. The 35-year-old’s manager, old rival David Haye, commented: “It’s a surprise. All will be revealed.”
Standing at 6ft 8ins, the hulking Price towers over the 6ft 1 1/2in Chisora. The 36-year-old Liverpudlian also possesses an eight-inch reach advantage over his opponent (82ins to 74ins). When he puts his size and range to good use by pumping out thudding jabs, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist is an imposing force, especially when his devastating power is added into the equation. However, expending too much nervous energy has often proved his downfall – negatively affecting his stamina and punch resistance and heightening his vulnerability (although he has also suffered some bad luck with drug cheats).