DAVID PRICE hopes some sessions with a shrink will get his career back on track.

The former British and Commonwealth heavyweight, 30, returns to action in Stuttgart on Saturday night in a non-title eight rounder against Kazakh Konstantin Airich, a fight being screened live on BoxNation.

Price's first contest since shattering back-to-back losses against Tony Thompson in his hometown, Liverpool last year should be the ideal chance to return to winning ways.

Price has been working with mind coach Terry McElhinney and insists he will be mentally tougher in the future having fell apart after flooring Thompson in their second clash.

He said: "Even though I can hold my head high anywhere because of what I have achieved I felt I couldn't walk around Liverpool because I was a bit embarrassed from what had happened.

"Terry built my esteem at first, then it was about taking it into the gym and then on to Saturday.

"He helped pick me up off the floor and dust myself down. We have been doing a lot of other stuff that I wish I had even used in my amateur days.

"Everything was blown out of proportion in my own head during the build-up to the second Thompson fight. I burned a lot of nervous energy and still come close to winning."

Since losing in five rounds to Thompson last July, Price has changed his team completely.

Promoter Frank Maloney has retired, long time trainer Franny Smith has also departed and Lennox Lewis is no longer on board as a consultant.

Germany's leading promoters Sauerland Events have replaced Maloney and experienced American Tommy Brooks is now his trainer.

Brooks is best known for training Evander Holyfield, but has also worked with men like Mike Tyson, Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko and Meldrick Taylor during a long career.

Brooks worked with Price for a week before Christmas and they've spent the last three weeks together in Liverpool.

"Frank Maloney always wanted me to go and do some work with Tommy and always talked him up," added Price who hopes to box five times this year.

"We have gelled really well, he is easy to get on with and his record speaks for himself.

"We are both aware it is early days and we need to give it time to blossom.

"I still think you will see an improvement on Saturday although some of the stuff will take a little bit longer.

"He hasn't tried to change me as a fighter. He has added things and picked up on mistakes."