Injury woes continue for British heavyweight David Price, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and 2012 ESPN.com prospect of the year.
Price (18-2, 15 KOs) suffered a small tear in his left biceps in a recent sparring session and has been advised to withdraw from his fight against Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (18-13-3, 9 KOs), promoter Sauerland Event announced on Monday.
The fight was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany, on the undercard of light heavyweight titlist Juergen Braehmer's defense against Pawel Glazewski.
"It's frustrating as I felt that I was in the [best] shape of my life going into this fight," Price said. "I've been to see a specialist, who confirmed it was nothing serious, but advised me to avoid the fight on Dec. 6."
This is the second injury of the year that has forced Price to be sidelined. During a lopsided 10-round decision against Yaroslav Zavorotnyi on June 7 in Germany, Price suffered a damaged tendon in his right hand and underwent surgery that was to keep him out until Saturday's fight.
Now he is sidelined again.
"These things happen in boxing," Price said. "It's a minor injury and I'll be fine in the next couple of weeks. However, it's not worth the risk of fighting before it's completely healed. Next year is the big one for me. I will need to be completely fit and injury-free. This is just a minor setback. I'll be back in the ring and back at my best in the next couple of months."
Said promoter Kalle Sauerland: "This is a minor injury. It's unfortunate but not serious. I feel for Pricey as I know he was desperate to get back into the ring, but this has no effect on our plans for the future; 2015 is going to be a huge year for the big man."
Price is also the second major name to withdraw from Saturday's card because of injury. Cruiserweight titlist Yoan Pablo Hernandez suffered an elbow injury and was forced to postpone his mandatory defense against Ola Afolabi.
Price, 31, has won three bouts in a row since his stunning back-to-back upset knockout losses to Tony Thompson, of Washington, D.C., in 2013.