Liverpool heavyweight David Price has withdrawn from his proposed ring return this weekend after succumbing to a virus. Price was due to face Evgeny Orlov on Saturday in Germany, his first fight for Sauerland Promotions having lost his last two fights to American Tony Thompson.
Price, 30, recently vacated his British and Commonwealth titles insisted he would not return to the ring until he was fully fit.
“I’ve had a virus hanging over me for a couple of weeks,” Price told the Liverpool Echo.
“I’ve had it when I’ve been training. I started getting better at the end of last week but I missed out on too much training. So there just wasn’t an option to fight.
“I wanted to be 100%. It was just not an option to be anything else. If I had fought then I would’ve been at 60% on Saturday. It’s a fight I could win at 60% but I really need to start producing the goods now.
“I had been training and sparring but I wasn’t able to recover between sessions. If I’d had a hard day’s training then I was wiped out the following day. It was breaking up my energy too much and my energy was low.”