British heavyweight champion David Price smashed his way through former world title contender Matt Skelton in a fight Friday night in Liverpool, England.
Price, 29, effectively ended Skelton's career just 2 minutes, 56 seconds into the second round, and now the 6-foot-8, 250-pound wrecking machine has his sights set on lighting up rings stateside.
Price and manager Frank Maloney were quick to call out American Tony Thompson just minutes after the bout Friday, hoping for a world heavyweight title fight in 2013.
Price has now racked up 13 stoppages in 15 straight victories since turning pro after winning the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.
"Next year, for sure, I want to crack America. That's high on the agenda," Price told ESPN.com. "I've done a lot of rounds in U.S. gyms already, but it's certainly not the same as competitive rounds. We had a date in Atlantic City this past summer, but it never made sense in the end. But tonight's fight went out on U.S. TV once more, and next I want to fight there live."
Thompson is the opponent of choice for the contender's camp, and fits in with the step up that Price is pushing for.
"Thompson is a big, tall, awkward southpaw -- a bit like Harrison," Price said. "But again, it just proves that I'm not looking to do things the easy way. If he was good enough to fight (Wladimir) Klitschko six months ago, then he's a good next opponent for me."