By Keith Idec
David Price wants a shot to rejuvenate his heavyweight career against Alexander Povetkin.
England’s Price told Sky Sports on Wednesday that he has accepted promoter Eddie Hearn’s offer to oppose Povetkin on the Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker undercard March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Povetkin is expected to fight on the undercard, but has not yet accepted Price as his opponent.
Russia’s Povetkin, 38, is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBA title. The former WBA champion could become the British superstar’s next opponent if they win their respective fights March 31.
“It’s a no-brainer with a massive upside for me,” Price told Sky Sports. “Everything to gain, so I just agreed straight away. I don’t think the fight is actually made, but I’ve agreed to take the fight and if it can happen, brilliant.
“We’ve told Eddie yes. Now we’re just waiting on the other side, which I can’t see it being a problem if he wants to fight on the show. Probably see me as an easy touch, but obviously I would have other ideas.”
The 6-feet-8, 260-pound Price (22-4, 18 KOs) would have a decided size advantage over Povetkin (33-1, 23 KOs), who stands 6-feet-2 and weighed 223 pounds for his last fight. The Liverpool native would be a big underdog, though, because he has been knocked out four times and Povetkin, despite his history of PED use, still is considered one of the top 10 heavyweights in boxing.
“I would be a heavy underdog, understandably so, but I still believe there’s a twist to come in my story,” Price said. “I’ve had a few bad years and I feel like my perseverance is going to pay off at some point. It’s got to.”
Price, 34, was stopped in the seventh round two fights ago against Christian Hammer (22-5, 12 KOs). Germany’s Hammer lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Povetkin in a WBA elimination match December 15 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
American veteran Tony Thompson (40-7, 27 KOs) also stopped Price in back-to-back bouts in 2013. In July 2015, Germany’s Erkan Teper (18-2, 11 KOs) knocked out Price in the second round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.