A massive British heavyweight clash between for Lonsdale Belt holder David Price and Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua cannot be rushed, promoter Kalle Sauerland has exclusively told WBN this weekend.
As Joshua, 24, bulldozes his way through the early part of his career with seven stoppages inside two rounds, talk is obviously going to turn to when the Londoner will make the step up and face the big Liverpudlian in a UK blockbuster.
Currently just beyond domestic class, 31 year-old Price is three victories into his rebuilding job following two damaging defeats to Tony Thompson, which badly exposed a stamina problem. Having gone the distance in his last bout with Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, Price has now proven he has what it takes to compete into the later rounds and aims to push towards world class once he overcomes a hand injury.
It could still be at least another twelve months before the pair move anywhere near a high-profile meeting in the ring as Sauerland continue to nurse Price back towards facing some of the best operators in the division.
“There have been no concrete discussions about a fight between David and Anthony Joshua, but of course it’s a great fight for the future,” Kalle Sauerland pointed out to World Boxing News.
“They are both ambassadors for the sport and were hugely successful amateurs.
“I believe that David and Joshua will become professional world champions, although big fights like this however have to be made at the right time and for the right reasons.
“If they keep doing what they are doing right now, I am sure that time will come,” he added.
Joshua is currently lined up to fight in Dublin next month, ironically against Price’s latest conquest Zavorotnyi – taking on the tough Ukrainian twelve fights earlier than his Brit rival.
A stoppage victory could gauge a lot about where Joshua is in comparison to Price, who scored a unanimous decision win over ten rounds when they met on June 7 of this year in Schwerin, Germany.
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