Price vs Little: Is an upset in store?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Heavyweights David Price (28-6, 18 KO) and Tom Little (10-6, 3 KO) will clash Saturday, December 22 on the Dillian Whyte vs Derek Chisora understand, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
When we last saw Price, he was forced to retire on his stool in September against Sergey Kuzmin.
Now 35, David has lost 3 of his last 4 fights and is looking to get back on the winning track against the lightly-regarded Little.
And while Price vs Little appears to be safe fight for David on paper, the underdog has other ideas.
"There is weakness there. I can categorically say that this fight won't go [the distance]," Little told Sky Sports.
"I've got the engine of a train. When I fought Filip Hrgovic I was getting better as the rounds went on, but I got cut. Never at any point was I gassing."
"David will be pushed to a fast pace very early and, if he can't go with me, he'll get left behind."
"Against Daniel Dubois, I broke my hand in four places in the first round but I would never, ever say: 'I'm done'.
Don't be surprised if the 31 year old Little tests Price.
After all, Little is hungry and will be well-prepared. This bout will serve as Tom's third of the year and his previous two opponents, Daniel Dubois and Filip Hrgovic, are surging young lions who likely brought out the best in Little.
And let's not forget, Tom lost a split decision to Brian Minto (then 37-6) in 2013 who was a decent journeyman at the time.
Little has shared the ring with a few skilled opponents and insists he won't be intimidated by Price who may be on the downside of his career.
"Attributes? David has the skill-set and the physique to stand me on my head," Little said. "But I've got a heart bigger than David's."
"There will never be any quit in me. Who wants it more? That's the difference between me and him. I am willing to go to places that David has nightmares about."
"I believe that if you do it once, you will do it again."