David Price plans on using the criticism he receives as motivation from now on as he prepares to return to the ring at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on November 23.
Hard-hitting heavyweight Price (25-6, 20 KOs) is back in action on a Matchroom Boxing show live on Sky Sports, just a few months after his one-sided stoppage win over Dave Allen.
The Liverpool star was delighted after that victory, and now wants to build on that momentum when he fights on the undercard of Callum Smith’s world title defence with John Ryder.
Price said: “I’m enjoying the sport again. The Dave Allen fight was the first fight in a few years where it actually felt like I won. In some of the other fights I won I was hard on myself, but I knew that one was a good performance.
“In the past I’d never used proving people wrong as motivation, but that felt good. I’ll use it again in the future, so I want people to keep doubting me. If I can play my card rights and continue to perform, I can go further and it all adds to the story.
“I’ve had some ups and downs and had some interesting things happen to me, so I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity to fight again on a big show. It’s onwards and upwards, and I’ll build on my last fight.
“It’s only now that my confidence is up that I truly recognise it was down. Everything is flowing great and feeling easier, and I’m getting in the ring believing of doing a job.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “I’d never seen Price as animated as when he beat Dave Allen, and it showed what that win meant to him and the desire he still has in his career.
“He took fights he maybe shouldn’t have in the past, but now it’s a different mentality. He told me that he believes he has a big future and if navigated properly he can get a shot at a world title shot, so we’re looking for another big win.”