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Price: More to come in 2013

Unbeaten heavyweight David Price believes his knockout run in 2012 has denied him the chance to show his full potential.

Price has enjoyed a successful 12 months, earning the British and Commonwealth titles amidst impressive stoppage wins over John McDermott, Sam Sexton, Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton.

But the Commonwealth Games gold medallist insists he is not just a knockout artist and is working hard to sharpen his skills as he prepares to face former world title challenger Tony Thompson on February 23.

"I've not really had time to show the improvements I've been making as a boxer because the fights have been so short, especially in my last two fights," Price told the Liverpool Echo.

"It is in the sparring that I know improvements are being made but the fights will come where I will start to show them."

Price has adopted a patient approach and hopes to take the European crown in 2013 on his path towards a shot at Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko, who hold all the world titles.

"By the end of next year, I hope we are at least talking about me having won a European title," he said. "Possibly even me having fought in a world title eliminator.

"Should I come through the fight with Tony Thompson then my world ranking should go right up.

"My shot will come and every fight is massive for me next year and my philosophy has to be that every fight is my world title fight."