Hatfield heavyweight, Tom Little, says he is mentally tougher than his upcoming opponent David Price and will take him to “deep and dark places” to ensure his hand is raised in victory on Saturday.
Little and Price will square off on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s eagerly anticipated rematch with Derek Chisora at The O2 in London this Saturday.
Price, like Little, has suffered back to back defeats in 2018. In March, Price was stopped brutally by Alexander Povetkin, before retiring on his stool against Sergey Kuzmin in September when he suffered an injury.
Little is confident that Price is vulnerable and intends to take advantage of this when they meet on Saturday.
“I’m mentally stronger than David,” said Little. “He’s going to let his last couple of defeats get to him whereas I’m just eager to put them behind me and move on. I’m willing to go to them deep and dark places to get the win.
“There are weaknesses there to be exposed. I can categorically say that this fight won’t go the distance. I’ve got the engine of a train, and I won’t stop going. 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.”
Little took on the heavyweight prospect, Daniel Dubois, in his last contest, taking the rising star five rounds despite breaking his hand in the opening stanza, and Little knows he may have to show the same grit and determination to manoeuvre past Price.
“David has the skill-set and the physique to stand me on my head,” added Little. “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 him and me. I am willing to go to places that David has nightmares about.
“Against Daniel Dubois, I broke my hand in four places in the first round, but I would never, ever say: ‘I’m done’. I believe that if you do it once you will do it again.”
“This is a game of hearts, and you have to put it on the line. Sometimes you have to bite down and go to lace that you don’t want to go. I’ve done that a couple of times. It ain’t all roses, honey and cuddles in the trenches. You have to fight your way out.
“This is a winnable fight. People expect me to get banged out but I’ve done rounds with David, and I know this is close. David doubts himself. I think his last couple of losses have taken a lot out of him and if the going gets tough, he won’t want to know.”