Exclusive: Anthony Joshua is a British champion with a world title, says David Price

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Anthony Joshua hasn’t fought anyone world-class and needs to fight considerably better opposition in the future, that’s the view of domestic rival and ranked contender David Price.

Price, 33, is on the verge of agreeing to fight on the undercard to Joshua’s second world title defence on November 26 in Manchester but the Sauerland-promoted puncher had no problem telling WBN what he really thought of his fellow Olympian’s top division exploits.

Joshua has won all seventeen of his pro contest inside schedule and is currently being courted by the WBC as a potential challenger to Deontay Wilder in 2017.

Despite riding high and enjoying some worldwide attention, Price believes Joshua still hasn’t done enough to warrant the title he currently holds.

“In reality, Anthony Joshua is a British champion with a world title around his waist,” Price exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Let’s face it, his world title fights weren’t against world level contenders. It’s just the way everything has fallen into place.

“Don’t get me wrong, he’s taken full advantage of it, but I wish things fell into place like that for me when I was British champion. I suppose someone up there likes him.

“I’m not taking anything away from Anthony because he is massively talented, but the reality is he’s got to step up his opponents now.”

A shortlist of Kubrat Pulev, Bermane Stiverne and Joseph Parker is in the offing for Joshua’s next challenge, any of which would represent the opponent improvement Price speaks about.

A win for Joshua and Price on November 26 at Manchester Arena could push them towards a massive all-UK world heavyweight title bout in March of next year and allow the two men to settle any differences between them once and for all.