British heavyweight David Price is facing German based Romanian heavyweight Christian Hammer next month on February 4 to put himself in position for a world title fight against WBO champion Joseph Parker. Price (21-3, 18 KOs) fights Hammer (20-4, 11 KOs) at the Olympia in London, England. The fight is on the undercard of the Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Renold Quinlan card on ITV.
It’s a little odd in the minds of many boxing fans that the 33-year-old Price can be so close to getting a title shot at this point, because he was knocked out in the 2nd round just three fights ago by Erkan Teper in July 2015. Price has won his last two fights against Vaclav Pejsar and Ivica Perkovic, but those aren’t top ranked contenders in the division.
Price’s positioning by the World Boxing Organization at the No.6 spot suggests that he’s being given the fast push for a title shot without having to earn his way to the top like lesser known guys in the division. Price is 2008 Olympian from Great Britain, and that obviously helps.
Hammer, 29, has done more than Price recently in beating Erkan Teper by a 12 round split decision in his last fight, and yet the WBO has him ranked #12. It’s confusing. On paper, Hammer has done more than Price and should be ranked higher, but he’s not. Hammer’s other recent wins have come against journeyman Michael Sprott and Sherman Williams. Hammer was stopped by Tyson Fury in the 8th round in 2015.
The 6’8” Price was in the running for Joseph Parker’s next fight on April 8, but he’s now looking to fight Hughie Fury on that date.
Team Price is hoping that Hammer’s WBO European heavyweight title will be up for grabs for the fight, because if so, it will help shoot him to the top of the WBO’s rankings if he wins the fight. It obviously didn’t do much for Hammer in winning the WBO European strap. Go figure. It might help Price though if he can capture the title. As of now, the belt isn’t going to be on the line for the fight.