LONDON. — David Price has been announced as the new opponent for Zimbabwe-born British heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora on the Regis Prograis-Josh Taylor bill at The O2 on October 26.
The Liverpudlian replaces Joseph Parker, who pulled out through illness last week, and will battle Chisora on the same night as Prograis faces Taylor in the World Boxing Super Series final.
Price was due to appear on the Callum Smith-John Ryder undercard in his hometown next month, but has seized his opportunity to return to the scene of his dominant stoppage victory over David Allen in the summer.
Manager David Haye revealed last week how Chisora (35) was “very upset” at Parker’s withdrawal, although now is channelling his frustration into another significant fight after his explosive win over Artur Spzilka.
“It didn’t matter who got in the ring with me on October 26 — I’m ready for WAR,” said Chisora.
“David Price has stepped up and I’m ready for whatever he brings. If he thinks I’m just going to stand there and be a punch bag like Dave Allen he is in for a shock.
“This is north versus south and in my home town I write the rules. Saturday 26 October get ready to scream TIMBER!”
“I’m very excited for this fight,” said Price. “I kept in the gym all summer because I had a feeling I had to be ready for a call like this, and ready I am.”
Adam Smith, head of Sky Sports Boxing, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have such a brilliant new fight lined up for October 26!
“Everyone was so disappointed to see Joseph Parker have to pull out of his clash with Dereck Chisora, but this is the unpredictability and excitement of boxing — in steps big David Price. What a captivating dual this now is.
“Everyone has been stopping me to say get Pricey — and Eddie has literally pulled a rabbit out of the hat. I told him I wanted a great replacement — this is fabulous.
“David is coming off that punch perfect win over David Allen; Derek off the stunning KO of Artur Szpilka — this is a cracking heavyweight battle to add to one of THE cards of 2019.
“With Taylor-Prograis, Burns-Selby, Okolie, Benn and everything else — stand by for a magnificent night on Sky Sports Box Office at the O2!” — Sky Sports.