In a sick mismatch, #11 WBO, #12 IBF heavyweight contender David Price (20-3, 17 KOs) will be fighting 42-year-old Croatian journeyman Ivica Perkovic (22-30, 17 KOs) this Saturday night in a scheduled six round fight on the undercard of the Juergen Braehmer vs. Nathan Cleverly card at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
This is a pretty sad fight for the 33-year-old Price, because he’s been flapping his gums about wanting to fight for a world title against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. It’s sad because Price is blabbering about wanting a title shot against Joshua, and ye he’s not doing anything to earn the title shot.
I’m guessing that not too many boxing fans will give a fig about the results of the Price-Perkovic match. It sure would be nice if Price took on a real body so he could actually try and earn a title shot against Joshua instead of backing into the fight with a win over a journeyman like Perkovic. I’m just saying.
If Price beats Perkovic, which would seem to be apparent, then he could potentially be fighting Joseph Parker next if Joshua faces 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko on November 26 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Perkovic has lost eight out of his last ten fights. He’s been in the ring with a lot of well-known fighters during his career. After Saturday, Perkovic can add the 6’8” Price’s name to his long list of notable fighters that he’s faced – and lost to.
Price will be looking to pick up his second consecutive win. He beat Vaclav Pejsar in the 2nd round last May. Pejsar is some unknown guy that Price’s promoters at Sauerland Events dug up for him to fight. Before that fight, Price was stopped in the 2nd round by Erkan Teper last year in July 2015. It would be nice if Price would try and avenge that loss, but I’m not counting on that happening. I think it would be EXTREMELY dangerous for Price to fight Teper ever again, because the German fighter clearly has his number.
In other fights on the Cleverly vs. Braehmer card on Saturday, former World Boxing Association interim 168lb champion Vincent Feigenbutz (23-2, 21 KOs) will be fighting Guillermo Ruben Andino (10-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled eight round fight. I would call this a mismatch too, but the 21-year-old Feigenbutz has looked so gawd awful lately. He fought like an ape in losing to Giovanni De Carolis last January in getting stopped in the 11th round. Feigenbutz lost his interim WBA super middleweight title in that fight. Since then, Feigenbutz has beaten Crispulo Javier Andino and Wilmer Gonzalez. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of those guys.