Price to fight Thompson in February in latest stepping stone towards world title shot
20:33 GMT, 18 December 2012
David Price will take the next step towards a challenge for a world title when he faces American veteran Tony Thompson on February 23 at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
The 29-year-old heavyweight has enjoyed a successful year, stopping all four of his opponents in impressive style.
But he will face the biggest test of his career to date when he tackles Thompson, 41, who lost to Wladimir Klitschko for the second time in July.
Impressive: David Price has won all four of his heavyweight fights this year
Price began the year without a title but needed just 73 seconds to beat John McDermott for the English belt and less than four rounds to add the British and Commonwealth straps by stopping Sam Sexton.
A brutal 82-second demolition of Audley Harrison followed before he defended his titles again last month against Matt Skelton.
Different class: Tony Thompson (right) has twice lost to Wladimir Klitschko (left)
Thompson meanwhile has lost three of his 39 contests and has stopped 24 of his opponents.
Price’s promoter Frank Maloney said: ‘This is the right fight at the right time for David and one where a win will propel him even higher.
‘Thompson still has ambition and I am certain that he will come to win and score a major upset.’