Fab Four back in Liverpool

Price’s last outing in his home city came against Tony Thompson in July 2013, when he suffered a second straight Echo Arena defeat against the American veteran.

But four wins since, in Denmark and Germany, have landed the 31-year-old a European title fight with Germany’s Erkan Teper, who could be his opponent depending on the result of next week’s purse bids.

The card will be full of Liverpool interest with local favourites Callum Smith, Tony Bellew and Rocky Fielding all fighting, Smith and Fielding stepping up in class while Bellew returns after a break filming in Hollywood.

???This homecoming means a lot to me,?????? said Price. ???I???m buzzing to be back in Liverpool and back fighting at the Echo Arena. It???s been longer than I had anticipated but it will be well worth the wait to be part of such a big night of boxing for the city.

???My last fight in Liverpool didn???t go as planned but that???s ancient history now. It???s behind me and I???ve moved on. I???m in a better place now than I was two years ago, and on June 26 people will see a much-improved fighter. The one-punch knockout artist is still there but now I???m a more polished boxer.

“I???m more relaxed and I???m enjoying my time in the ring. I???ve been working tirelessly in the gym, and I???m relishing the chance to get back under the bright lights and back fighting in front of my home fans at the Echo Arena.???

???We???re delighted to be working with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing to bring fans a massive night of boxing on June 26,?????? added Price???s promoter Nisse Sauerland. ??????David???s homecoming has been a long-time coming. Over the past two years, he has been gained valuable experience fighting overseas and now Liverpool???s heavyweight hope is ready to return home.???

Smith takes on Christopher Rebrasse of France for the WBC silver super-middleweight title, and it will be an acid test for the 25-year-old, who made it 16 wins from 16 in the professional ranks against Olegs Fedotovs earlier this month.

Rebrasse has fought in England before, taking George Groves all the way before losing on points at Wembley Arena last September, and Smith knows he is in for a tough fight.

???He’s going to be the best that I have boxed in the pros,??? said Smith. ???He’s only lost three times and they have all been on points, he gave George Groves a really tough fight and I don’t think that the scorecards reflected how close the fight was.

“He’s big for the weight and it’s a really competitive fight for me and it will be interesting to see what level I am at after the fight ??? I think it’s the perfect fight at the perfect time.???

Fielding???s meeting with Brian Vera promises to be an all-action affair as the Texan comes to Liverpool boasting a CV with wins over current world middleweight champion Andy Lee and former world champions Serhiy Dzinziruk and Sergio Mora.

Unbeaten super-middleweight Fielding returned to the ring in March from an eight-month absence through injury, and the 27-year-old is itching to test himself against the visitor from the United States, whose three most recent fights have ended in points defeats against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (twice) and Willie Monroe Jr.

???Vera is a big step-up for me,??? said Fielding. ???He has some great wins on his record and he’s tested some really big names, so for me to get a win over him on my record would be a great statement.?????

Bellew climbs back into the ring for the first time since November, when he beat bitter rival Nathan Cleverly at the Echo Arena.

Since then, the Everton fan has swapped Liverpool for Hollywood while he took part in the filming of Creed, the latest segment of the Rocky series, but his mind is now back on the sport as he looks for a chance to take on IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Hernandez.

Bellew, who takes on experienced Czech fighter Lubos Suda, said:?????I???ve settled into the cruiserweight division nicely and I am ready to take a world title shot.

???There are some tough, tough fighters with belts in the division, but I believe that I can beat them and get my hands on their titles.???

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