British heavyweight David Price says sparring will be key as the big puncher bids to upset the odds against Alexander Povetkin on March 31.
Price, 34, takes on the ex-world heavyweight champion in a bid to secure a massive all-UK clash with Anthony Joshua in the summer and is fully aware of his status as the huge underdog.
Eyebrows were raised when the fight was first announced by Eddie Hearn, but Price is not heading to Wales on Joshua’s undercard to simply lie down.
“Make no mistake, I am coming to win. At first, I was just grateful for the opportunity but now in my mind I have to win this fight,” said Price.
“There is plenty to gain and too much upside for me not to win this fight – it could be life-changing. I am desperate to win this fight and I will do everything in my power to do so.
“I know it will be a hard fight, anything can happen in a fight and I may have to get off the floor to win.
“It is going to be the hardest fight of my life but something is telling me it is going to be my night.
“Sparring will be key for me. I am going to have to take myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to sparring for this fight.
“I need to bring in world-class sparring partners who will test me every day. We will go away to Germany for some sparring, we haven’t got any names yet but we are having a look.
“In the past, I have performed my best when I have been really tested in the gym and in sparring, so that will be key for this fight.
“I need to be prepared for what is to come because it is going to be a hard fight and as long as I am prepared physically and mentally then nature will take its course,” he added.
As Povetkin is mandatory challenger with the WBO and WBA, the winner will be the frontrunner to battle Joshua or Parker, who contest both those belts on the night, alongside the IBF and IBO versions.