Feature | Jul 23 2018

EXCLUSIVE David Price breaks down Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin

'I was seconds away from being Anthony Joshua's mandatory challenger,' David Price tells John Dennen
David Price
David Price  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

DAVID PRICE returns to action on Friday (July 27) at the Bolton Whites Hotel. His last bout was on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker in Cardiff earlier this year, when he lost inside five rounds to Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin, who becomes Joshua’s September 22 challenger at Wembley Stadium.

Price can only wonder if that might have been him. “I was seconds away from being the mandatory challenger. That’s how funny a game it is,” he tells Boxing News. “I think it was probably my best performance for a while until the knockout. So I just want to carry on where I left off before I got knocked out, make better decisions during the fight. Because I know I only got caught the way I did because I was trying to beat Povetkin to the punch. As he threw his right hand I tried to clip him on top of the head with the left hook… I hurt him, then I had him wobbled in the fifth round. As he’s whipped the right hand over I’ve tried to beat him to it with my left hook. He beat me to the punch but any other time when he was letting his hands go, he weren’t getting through. If I’d been a bit more disciplined and waited until he’d stopped throwing, then thrown my own attacks I reckon I could have at least gone longer anyway or even beat him. But I was in the fight.

“No one has done that, [hurt him] apart from Klitschko. So positives to take from it. I’m proud of it. I’m going to build on the momentum even though I lost.”