British heavyweight David Price will take on Evgeny Orlov in Germany on Jan. 25, with Stuttgart playing host to the fight originally penciled in for December.
Heavyweight David Price will return January 25th against Evengy Orlov in Stuttgart, Germany— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) December 27, 2013
The bout will be Price's first under new trainer Tommy Brooks, after he split from Adam Booth following two defeats in quick succession this year. He also moved from promoter Frank Maloney to Kalle Sauerland earlier in 2013, per the Daily Mail's Declan Warrington.
The report quotes Sauerland, who says of the fight: "This is the first step back for David (Price). It will be a solid test and a great learning experience for him."
David Price to work with renowned American trainer Tommy Brooks as he tries to rebuild his heavyweight boxing career http://t.co/U0tBkRsNii?— Joe Gallagher (@gallaghersgym) December 27, 2013
Price had been tipped as one of Britain's most promising fighters, but he suffered two disappointing defeats at the hands of American veteran Tony Thompson in Liverpool—putting an end to the numerous calls for an all-British fight with Tyson Fury.
In Orlov, he faces a boxer with just one defeat in his 15 career bouts to date, per World Boxing News, but who has not yet fought someone of Price's calibre.
What the 6'9" Orlov will provide, though, is a physical test for the tall Liverpudlian, with the Russian having finished 12 of his fights to date by knockout per Boxrec statistics. Like Price, Orlov also heads into the fight off the back of defeat after losing by technical knockout against Alexander Vasiliev in Saint Petersburg.
The fight in Germany could make or break Price's career as a professional boxer. He needs a victory to eliminate some of the doubt surrounding him after a disappointing 2013 calendar year.
Prior to fighting Thompson, the former Commonwealth champion had shown class in defeating veterans Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison in the early rounds.
Another similar showing will be required on this occasion if Price is to work his way back up the heavyweight division. That dream fight against Fury is somewhat distant at present.
The card at the Hanns-Martin Schleyer Arena will also feature WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck against Firat Arslan in a repeat of their memorable bout from Halle, Germany in Nov. 2012.