Another change of opponent for Price
David Price’s comeback opponent, Konstantin Airich, has failed a medical. The Liverpudlian former British heavyweight champion (15-2) will now box Hungarian Istvan Ruzsinszky (12-9-1) at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, on Saturday. Ruzsinszky was due to box a four rounder on the undercard against Swede Otto Wallin.
Hopefully, 5ft 11Ruzsinszky will now get a better payday for stepping in with 6ft 8” Price, as, presumably, the fight will still be over eight rounds.
Price’s comeback has absorbed several setbacks so far. He was being trained by Adam Booth, before a disagreement with Pricey’s new promoter Sauerland about Booth’s exact level of involvement saw the Dark Lord fly off in his tie fighter. Price was originally supposed to fight 6ft 9" 'Molecule from Hell' Evgeny Orlov in December, but pulled out through injury. He has since teamed up with Tommy Brooks, who has trained with Holyfield, Tyson and both Klitschko brothers in the past. The plan is for American Brooks to fly into the UK for Price's training camps.
Price is expected to enter the ring around 6.15 on Saturday. The card at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle is topped by Cap’n Marco Huck defending his WBO Cruiserweight belt against Firat Arslan (again - Huck won a close-ish decision in their first meeting back in December 2012). Both fights are being televised in the UK by Box Nation.