Heavyweight contender David Price feels a fight between himself and fellow British Olympian Anthony Joshua is unlikely in the near future.
Beijing 2008 bronze medalist Price made a blistering start to life in the paid ranks, chalking up 15 consecutive wins and 13 knockouts, before wily American Tony Thompson derailed his progress by inflicting back-to-back defeats in 2013.
The likeable Liverpudlian embarked upon a rebuilding job under the watch of new promoters the Sauerland brothers, winning a trio of bouts in Germany before injury problems kept him out of the ring for the final six months of last year.
Price returns to action in Hamburg this weekend, against similarly hard-hitting Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-2, 14 KOs), on the undercard of fellow Scouser Paul Smith’s second world-title tilt at WBO super-middleweight king Arthur Abraham.
Should all go to plan on Saturday night, the 31-year-old is slated for a high-profile spring homecoming in Liverpool that will bring the prospect of a clash with London 2012 golden boy Joshua into shaper focus.
The Londoner has blazed an imposing train as a professional, knocking out all 10 of his opponents to date, and Price found himself name-checked alongside Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora by promoter Eddie Hearn as a possible dance partner for Joshua in a heavyweight domestic blockbuster.
But Price believes such talk is no more than the promotional bluster that is part and parcel of his trade.
“No I don’t really see that happening, not yet anyway,” he said in an exclusive interview with World Boxing News.
“It’s a fight I’d be willing to take but the way things are working out for me… there was talk of it this summer, but I just can’t see it happening.
“I think we’re going different routes at the minute. He’s picked up a bit of an injury, I had an injury. These things happen and they upset your plans.
“Whether or not they did have plans of getting him in the ring with me I don’t know. It still could happen, but I’ve just got a feeling that it’s not something that we’re going to see yet.”
Price fully accepts the way boxing operates on the other side of the ropes and suggested he would relish the match-up more so than Joshua’s handlers at present.
“That’s what promoters do,” he added. “Eddie Hearn may have plans of putting Joshua in with me. It might not be yet, it might be next year, it might be this year.
“Either way, my name got mentioned and I wanted to know if they were serious about it and so did my promoters.
“I’m not sure where it’s up to at the minute. Obviously I’ve got my own business that I need to tend to first and so has Anthony Joshua.
“It would be a great fight to be involved in and every fight you go into you go in believing you can come out on top. That would be no different.
“It’s two Olympians, two big punchers – but do Matchroom and Anthony Joshua’s people see me as a risk worth taking? We’ll see.”
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