FORMER Anthony Joshua challenger Eric Molina is hoping is gain a reprieve from his ban for an anti-doping violation, so he can take on Liverpool’s David Price.

An illict substance was found in Molina’s system after he lost Joshua in a 2016 and he was suspended from boxing for two years.

In a statement, Molina’s team said: “Heavyweight contender Eric Molina’s manager, Lee Holliday, is working with the British Board of Boxing in hopes of getting Molina an early release from his suspension.

“Molina was given a two-year suspension by the British Boxing Board for an illegal substance discovered in post-fight testing following his loss to Anthony Joshua in England on Dec. 10, 2016.

“‘I’m hopeful that the British Boxing Board will consider allowing Molina an early release on his suspension,’ said Holliday. ‘It is coming up on two years since the Joshua fight.  I know David Price is looking for an opponent in England.  If we are fortunate to get the release, Molina would be happy to fight Price.’

“The British Board of Boxing found a banned substance and Molina thought it was part of the B12 supplement he was taking.”

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Price lost to Alexander Povetkin, Joshua’s next opponent, while Molina has also lost to Deontay Wilder while amassing his 26-5 (19) record.