When heavyweight David Price signed with Sauerland Event last year and then hired new trainer Tommy Brooks, the idea was a slow re-building process. But that slow process would mean fighting more regularly.
So Price, the 2008 British Olympic bronze medalist, is getting right back into the ring for the second fight of his comeback as he continues to try to put his shocking back-to-back knockout losses to American Tony Thompson last year behind him.
Price returned on Jan. 25 for his first fight with his new team and crushed Istvan Ruzsinszky in a first-round knockout win in Germany.
Now Price (16-2, 14 KOs) is scheduled for his next fight on March 8 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. The fight, against an opponent to be determined (but don't expect anyone tough), will take place on the undercard of cruiserweight titleholder Yoan Pablo Hernandez's defense against Pawel Kolodziej.
"I am looking forward to getting back into the ring and picking up where I left off in Stuttgart [on Jan. 25]," Price said. "Obviously, I wouldn't complain if the outcome is the same but I am hoping for a bit more resistance this time. I'd like to get a bit more ring time so I can show everyone what I have been working on and what I am capable of."
Price is scheduled to begin a four-week training camp this weekend when Brooks arrives in Price's hometown of Liverpool.
"Things are going great with Tommy," Price said. "We have been focusing a lot on my jab and developing that into my main tool. Other than that, it's back to basics, making sure we do the simple things well."
When promoter Kalle Sauerland signed Price, the idea was always to take baby steps with him before moving him into a big fight. The upcoming bout is part of the process.
"It was important for us to get Pricey back in the ring as soon as possible," Sauerland said. "He did a good job against a limited opponent in Stuttgart but now we must start stepping it up. Berlin is fantastic city and is very accessible from the UK, so we will be expecting a lot of fans to make the trip over to support the big man."