Price looking for new broadcaster
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price has confirmed that his proposed US debut on July 27 is off due to circumstances outside of his control.
It is the second setback for the big hitter in as many weeks after learning that Sky Sports would not be renewing his promoter Frank Maloney’s contract, leaving Price without a broadcaster in the immediate future.
However Price is remaining hopeful of appearing on a show in the US later this summer and is confident in Frank Maloney finding another network to air his fights.
‘It was confirmed last week that my promotor, Frank Maloney, will not have his contract renewed by Sky Sports which means that I'll no longer feature on the channel,’ Price wrote in his blog at Davidprice.co.uk.
‘Another small set back also developed last week when, due to circumstances outside of my control, I was informed that I'm no longer able to feature on the Atlantic City bill in July.
‘Having fought in the USA as an amateur and trained in LA and Las Vegas on a number of occasions I was looking forward to making my US debut as a professional.
‘However, my training camp has already started and I'll continue working with Franny Smith as I'm hopeful of appearing across the pond sometime in August.
‘Obviously the Sky decision has come as a huge disappointment to all involved. Frank has worked in partnership with them for the last 23 years and, as a fight fan myself, I've grown up watching the likes of Lennox Lewis, Naseem Hamed and Ricky Hatton develop and flourish under the Sky banner.
‘They have a proven track record of helping to build fighters reputations on a fantastic platform and to part company just as my own career is starting to progress nicely is a real shame.
‘My focus now is to keep working hard in the gym and work towards fulfilling my own personal goals. I'm in good hands with Frank, who's talking to a number of potential broadcasters about my future fights, and the key for me is to leave the business side of things to the people around me.’