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Price on Joshua: Last time we fought only one of us walked out, fight is no foregone conclusion

Phil Jay 13/08/2016

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David Price says people scoffing at the prospect of him challenging Anthony Joshua shouldn’t believe that the fight would be a one-sided affair.

The Liverpudlian has revealed a sparring session between the two post-2008 Olympics ended with Joshua ‘flat on his face’ and Price is hopeful of landing another crack at the current world heavyweight champion.

Price, 33, is convinced Joshua can still be hurt in the pro ranks as he did in the amateurs and is building a case to be in the opposite corner to the 26 year-old when he returns to action at the end of the year.

“Look, the Dillian Whyte fight sold on the back of an amateur fight when Anthony Joshua got put down and got up and lost on points three bouts in,” Price told Sky Sports News HQ.

“Anthony Joshua when he was a double ABA champion – soon to be world medallist – getting put flat on his face by myself, that should sell as well, I would imagine.”

“I’ve been in training since I came back. I’ve put my name in a hat for a voluntary defence but I don’t think I’ve been mentioned. When I’ve seen that it looks like they have been struggling with opponents, I’ve put my name forward again.

“It depends on how Anthony Joshua will view what I’ve said. I’m putting it out there that the last time we did share a ring together, only one of us walked out unaided and that was me.

“The fight between me and Anthony Joshua isn’t a foregone conclusion. Both fighters can get in the ring and win. That’s what people want, the excitement and the potential of seeing Anthony Joshua getting beat and you don’t need to look any further than myself.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding who will be Joshua’s second defence at the O2 Arena but could favour a US opponent to please Stateside network Showtime, who have shown great faith in ‘AJ’ recently.

The likes of Bermane Stiverne and Bryant Jennings may be above Price in the pecking order, although nothing is set in stone yet and is not expected to be announced until September.