Price aiming for title shot
David Price hopes to fight for the world heavyweight title this time next year as he maps out plans for a "massive" 2013.
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The impressive second-round knockout of the veteran was his fourth solid win of the year and allows him to set his sights on bigger and better things in the new year.
Promoter Frank Maloney expects to pitch the 29-year-old in with American two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson at the Liverpool Echo Arena in February before attempting to make a fight between Price and fellow Briton Dereck Chisora, subject to the Londoner regaining his British licence.
Both Maloney and Price believe that victory over those two opponents would provide the step up in class necessary to prepare the 2008 Olympic gold medalist for a world title shot and fights with the Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir.
"If things go well early in 2013 then this time next year I definitely see myself challenging for a world title," Price told Press Association Sport.
"But it's important that the two next opponents after Matt Skelton are good steps up and I produce the goods."
Price honestly admitted a year ago that he was not ready at that point to meet WBC champion Vitali Klitschko or his brother Wladimir, the WBA/WBO/IBF title holder.
But the Liverpudlian (15-0, 13KOs) believes his apprenticeship is nearly over.
"There's part of me that thinks I want to fight the Klitschkos sooner rather than later because they won't be around forever," he said.
"A year ago I'd only had around 10 fights and wasn't really experienced enough but the fact people were talking about me as a potential Klitschko opponent was a credit to me and a massive compliment. "It still is now, because I've only had 14 fights.
"But as we're progressing I'm starting to believe more and that's a natural progression. Winning breeds confidence and I'm definitely starting to get to the point where I think I'm ready for them.
"I think after another couple of fights I'll be ready for them which is why I'm saying this time next year I'll be there.
"Next year could be massive for me. Everything could blow up and I could be fighting for a world title before you know it."
Price's victory over Skelton was impressive if unsurprising. The 45-year-old veteran gave the champion something to think about, charging in with punches and a wayward head, but Price kept his cool and took control.
The end came late in the second when, after being caught with a right hand to the jaw and two crashing left hooks to the ribs, the Bedford man was left winded and unable to beat referee Richie Davies' count.