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Price craving sterner tests

ESPN staff
December 22, 2012
David Price says people have not had the chance to see how much he has improved © Getty Images

David Price believes the comprehensive manner of his victories in 2012 has denied the world from seeing how much he has improved as a fighter.

None of the Liverpudlian's four opponents have taken him into a fifth round this year, leaving Price to lament the lack of a true test.

His most ferocious stoppage came against Audley Harrison in October when Price wrapped up victory after 82 seconds.

"I've not really had time to show the improvements I've been making as a boxer because the fights have been so short, especially in my last two fights," Price told the Liverpool Echo.

"It is in the sparring that I know improvements are being made but the fights will come where I will start to show them."

Indeed Price is planning to be a busy man again in 2013, with his first challenge coming against Tony Thompson in February. Should he overcome the 41-year-old, a potential match-up with Dereck Chisora could be on the cards.

But Price, 29, is more motivated by the prospect of winning belts than beating specific opponents and will take on whoever is blocking his path to European and world-title glory.

"By the end of next year, I hope we are at least talking about me having won a European title," he added. "Possibly even me having fought in a world title eliminator.

"Should I come through the fight with Tony Thompson then my world ranking should go right up.

"My shot will come and every fight is massive for me next year and my philosophy has to be that every fight is my world title fight."

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