David Price vs. Ondrej Pala: Fight Time, Date, TV Info, Preview and More

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2014

Britain's David Price celebrates after winning his heavyweight fight against Hungary's Istvan Ruzsinszky in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Kopatsch)
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Liverpudlian David Price takes on fellow heavyweight Ondrej Pala in Denmark on Saturday night in a rearranged fight from March. 

The bout was due to take place in Berlin on the Marco Huck undercard two weeks previous, but it was cancelled after Huck was injured.

Price now travels to Esbjerg this weekend on April 12 to face his opponent from the Czech Republic for a fight that was originally scheduled for BoxNation but is yet to be confirmed.


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Price Looks to Rebuild

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  David Price of England (L) in action with Tony Thompson of United States during their International Heavyweight Fight on July 6, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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After losing to Tony Thompson last summer, former title hopeful Price is looking to rebuild his reputation and standing in the heavyweight division.

He returned to the ring last January to face Istvan Ruzsinszky and was in impressive form with a first-round knockout. 

The 30-year-old Price is currently ranked third in the UK at heavyweight, per BoxRecHe now has a record of 16 wins with two defeats and sees the fight against Pala as crucial to his advancement. 

Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo quoted the big man saying:

It’s been a few weeks delay from the original date so I’m definitely ready to get in there and get past this opponent and move onto the next one. It’s pretty straight forward as far as I’m concerned.

It’s got to be a positive performance and the work we’ve been doing in the gym points to it being an impressive performance. That’s what I need to help get me back towards where I want to be.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  David Price of England is counted out during his International Heavyweight Fight with Tony Thompson of United States on July 6, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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As reported by Kirkbride, Price has been sparring with world-ranked fighters in the build-up to his contest with Pala, travelling to Germany to trade blows with Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria. 

Under trainer Tommy Brooks, Price has spent extra time in the gym in recent weeks and feels ready to take back his big-hitting reputation.

He said, per Kirkbride: "We have been progressing in the gym and then carrying out that work in sparring and feeling good. It is all flooding back to me and this performance on Saturday night will be the icing on the cake. My career can take off again."


Is Pala Dangerous?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Dereck Chisora celebrates his victory over Ondrej Pala during their WBO and Vacant International Heavyweight Championship bout at The Copper Box on November 30, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Prague-born Pala is a threat to Price, who will not have an easy time of it with his opponent in Denmark on Saturday. 

The 29-year-old has a decent record of 33 wins and four defeats, per BoxRec

However, in his recent fight with Price's fellow countryman, Dereck Chisora, Pala was comprehensively stopped in the third round after failing to defend himself.

Chisora said of Pala after his fight with him, per BBC Sport: "Fair play to the guy - he hit me with some good shots, but he didn't hurt me."

Given that Chisora outclassed Pala, Price will be expected to do the same on Saturday. Anything less, and he will fail to make the statement he desires.

Price has one last chance of pushing himself as a top-level contender, so losing to Pala would be considered unthinkable.

A good stoppage against Pala will get Price the attention he craves to set up a bigger fight night on one of boxing's larger cards later in the year.