Exclusive: David Price wants two fights in October before AJ bill

Former British heavyweight champion David Price is hoping to be involved in at least two bouts next month in preparation for a possible world title eliminator against Joseph Parker.

Price, 33, is being lined up to fight the number one contender for compatriot Anthony Joshua’s world crown and knows victory over the undefeated Parker would set up a first title shot in March.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the Joshua date for November 26 earlier this week, and Price is looking to be active in a bid to be in tip-top shape for the Parker fight.

“I’d like to fight a couple of warm ups before Parker,” Price exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I think the Sauerland’s have a show on October 1st that I’d like them to put me on and then a fight in Liverpool.

“A couple of eight round fights maybe – or an eight and a ten, because I do need more ring time, so that’s the plan. I don’t want to go into a fight of that magnitude on the back of just one fight in eighteen months or whatever it is.

“I also need a couple more fights with Dave (Coldwell, trainer) as that’s where we will develop our relationship, but we all fancy the (Parker) fight and that’s the main thing.”

Asked about a returning to the Echo Arena on October 15 for the first time since the Tony Thompson fights, the 6ft 8ins puncher added: “The pressure has been off me – at least with the public, for some time now but I still had the pressure on myself. The worst thing that can happen to you in a boxing ring has happened and it’s not the end.

“If anything, this is living proof because if someone would have said to me a few months ago, ‘in twelve months’ time you going to be offered this situation,’ I would never have believed them.

“It just goes to show it doesn’t take long to get your name back up there in the heavyweight division. Especially as the heavyweight division is wide open now,” said Price.

A fight double in the space of two weeks would set Price up nicely for an appearance on what will be a huge bill at Manchester Arena that could see Joshua face Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora battle Dillian Whyte for Price’s old Lonsdale Belt.