David Price Faces Erkan Teper for EBU Title
 
Friday night sees big Scouse heavyweight David Price (19-2-0) look to step back to the world scene as he attempts to capture the European Boxing Union (EBU) title.  His opponent for the fight is undefeated German Erkan Teper (14-0-0).
 
This is a pivotal fight for both boxers - at 32 years old Price needs the win to elevate himself back amongst the top names in the division.  Since his back-to-back losses to Tony Thompson in 2013 Price has been on a rebuilding mission.  He has picked up four consecutive wins in that time, three of which by stoppage.  The opponents haven't all been stellar, but have given him this opportunity to springboard himself with the title that Tyson Fury once owned.  
 
Erkan Teper is older than Price at 33 and joined the pro game relatively late at 28 years of age.  He has nine KOs from his 14 wins, so is able to bang a bit.  Teper has some of the standard names on his CV - the likes of Michael Sprott and Martin Rogan.  The manner of which he dispatched Rogan was spiteful - leaving the Irishman needing emergency surgery on his jaw to reconstruct it.
 
That power is what could be the difference in this fight.  The two stoppage losses to Thompson showed that Price was vulnerable - the first loss may have been unlucky and a slightly freak KO, the second was more decisive.  Question marks remain about how Price will react when cracked by a heavy hitting opponent, and will do so until he takes a solid punch.  Teper is likely to provide that test.
 
In Price's recent fights we have seen a slightly more patient and languid style, working more from the long jab rather than rushing the big right hand finisher.  He undoubtedly carries power in that right, enough to damage any top level heavyweight.  It is whether he is able to open up the opportunities against the best fighters in the division that will be interesting to see.
 
The fight takes place in Germany on a Sauerland promoted card.  Should Price be able to get through this fight they will likely look to get him back over to the UK for more exposure - the Liverpool fans love him and would happily get behind him again if he can start to move towards the world honours that he craves.  A loss here would prove devastating to his ambitions and risk putting him in the 'gatekeeper' category of fighters that prospects have to go through to reach the top.  That would be a shame for a fighter of his calibre, so expect Price to put it all on the line Friday night in a fight that is very likely to be stopped early for one of the contenders.

In Price's recent fights we have seen a slightly more patient and languid style, working more from the long jab rather than rushing the big right hand finisher.  He undoubtedly carries power in that right, enough to damage any top level heavyweight.  It is whether he is able to open up the opportunities against the best fighters in the division that will be interesting to see.

The fight takes place in Germany on a Sauerland promoted card.  Should Price be able to get through this fight they will likely look to get him back over to the UK for more exposure - the Liverpool fans love him and would happily get behind him again if he can start to move towards the world honours that he craves.  A loss here would prove devastating to his ambitions and risk putting him in the 'gatekeeper' category of fighters that prospects have to go through to reach the top.  That would be a shame for a fighter of his calibre, so expect Price to put it all on the line Friday night in a fight that is very likely to be stopped early for one of the fighters.
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