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Price: It's too soon for the Klitschkos

ESPN staff
May 20, 2012
David Price's reputation continues to grow © Lonsdale

David Price wants more experience before getting in the ring with one of the Klitschko brothers, the newly-crowned British heavyweight champion admitting he is not ready to challenge for a world title.

Price picked apart Sam Sexton on Saturday night, claiming a fourth-round stoppage to stretch his unbeaten run as a pro to 13 fights.

The 28-year-old is quickly making a name for himself in the pro ranks, with many tipping the Liverpool-born fighter to go on and become a world champion. However, Price, who also added the vacant Commonwealth strap to his collection, is happy to bide his time before taking on the world's best, including the likes of Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.

"There's no point me fighting for a world title right now because I haven't got the required experience," Price told Sky Sports News. "Although, the power I carry, anything could happen.

"It's a matter of striking while the iron is hot. These are my first two major titles, so the foundations are there to build on. Frank Maloney [his promoter] knows what he's doing, he's done it before with Lennox Lewis.

"The Klitschkos? That's a bit of a way off. We'll sit down and discuss possible opponents to defend these titles against."

Tyson Fury, who claimed the vacant Irish heavyweight championship with a fifth-round stoppage of Martin Rogan last month, could provide a stiff challenge at domestic level, although Price is not holding his breath.

"The Tyson Fury situation, he had these belts but decided to give them up in order to avoid fighting me, which is not something I'd want to do because they're lovely belts, they're prestigious belts," he added.

"There's a rivalry between me and Tyson but he decided to give the belts up so I can't see that fight happening in the near future. Maybe it'll happen down the line, but we'll have to wait and see."

Maloney was full of praise for his charge, likening Price's performance to one dished out by former undisputed heavyweight king Lewis.

"I think tonight was a perfect performance, 10 out of 10," Maloney said. "He was calm and collected and worked the jab. That's the best jab I've seen since Lennox Lewis, in a British ring.

"The patience was unbelievable, it reminded me of the night against Razor Ruddock [whom Lewis stopped]. We've now got someone I believe that will bring the world heavyweight title back to Great Britain. He's got to take his time, we're in no rush, but when he steps into the ring for a world title he will bring it back to Liverpool. "

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