DAVID PRICE

The big Liver­pudlian meets an­other Rus­sian dangerman on the un­der­card

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‘POVETKIN HAS GOOD PUNCH VA­RI­ETY AND HAND SPEED, BUT JOSHUA CAN OVER­POWER HIM’

DAVID PRICE re­turns to an An­thony Joshua un­der­card and once again boxes a dan­ger­ous Rus­sian op­po­nent. In Cardiff in March, the Liver­pool heavy­weight lost to Alexan­der Povetkin, who now fights Joshua in the main event at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium on Satur­day (Septem­ber 22). Price will fight the 12-0 Sergey Kuzmin [in­set] fur­ther down the bill.

What do you think of the Kuzmin fight?

He’s ob­vi­ously well-schooled. He seems very strong.

Style-wise he likes to go to the body, mix things up a lit­tle bit. He’s an ex-euro­pean cham­pion. A good stan­dard of op­po­si­tion for me. But he hasn’t fought for a year. I think his ca­reer’s been a bit stop-start since he turned pro, for what­ever rea­son. My plan is to come in and be the ba­nana skin and make him slip up.

The fight is po­ten­tially worth a hell of a lot to me if I win. If I can’t find within my­self 10 rounds for one night only. I know it’s there. It’s in the tank.

It’s def­i­nitely a winnable fight. I’m ex­cited… I’ve lost five times al­ready. One more loss isn’t go­ing to hurt, if I lose.

Up­sets hap­pen. My plan is to Tony Thomp­son this fella, the way Tony Thomp­son Thomp­son’ed me.

He’s a sim­i­lar style to Povetkin, in a way. But his hands are slower. When you can see the shots com­ing, you can pre­pare a lit­tle bit and brace for them. Take them that lit­tle bit bet­ter, catch them. What got me with Povetkin was the speed of his hands and me try­ing to beat him to the punch. So it’s a dif­fer­ent type of fight but also sim­i­lar in a way. I fancy the job big time.

I’m go­ing to be let­ting bombs go my­self.

Where do you think you’ll go from a vic­tory?

I don’t know but it’ll be some­thing good… At ev­ery level there’s good fights.

It’s thrown back a lit­tle bit to the mid ‘90s where good fight­ers are get­ting in good 10 round fights.

Al­though he’s not highly ranked, it’ll open the door for some­thing good. If Povetkin lost to Joshua and he wanted to carry on box­ing, I’d want to fight Povetkin again. I’d love to fight Povetkin if I beat Kuzmin. Or if Joshua lost to Povetkin. I’d want a re­match with Povetkin.

What’s your view on the main event; you’ve boxed Povetkin and been in the ring with Joshua (in spar­ring)?

I just think it’s go­ing to be a much bet­ter fight than peo­ple are an­tic­i­pat­ing. I don’t know whether the nov­elty of An­thony Joshua is wear­ing off a lit­tle bit on peo­ple. Be­cause when he be­came heavy­weight cham­pion, ob­vi­ously Tyson Fury had done it in Ger­many but Joshua was the poster­boy. I think the excitement – we hadn’t seen this type of thing for years. But there just doesn’t seem to be the same buzz about this fight. If it’s be­cause peo­ple don’t think Alexan­der Povetkin is a good op­po­nent, then that’s wrong, be­cause he is.

It’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing fight, es­pe­cially go­ing into the sec­ond half of the fight. I think that Joshua will take over and over­power Povetkin. I think early on it’s go­ing to be cagey. There’s go­ing to be some big shots land­ing from both.

What makes Povetkin such a dan­ger­ous fighter?

I think his punch va­ri­ety is good. His hand speed was what beat me. But I think Joshua can match his hand speed. His judge­ment of dis­tance is good. He’s got bet­ter feet than he’s given credit for, his foot­work’s good. His ex­pe­ri­ence as well and his pedi­gree, he’s done a hell of a lot in his ca­reer and this is his last roll of the dice. He’s go­ing to be highly mo­ti­vated. So he’s got all that go­ing in his favour. I feel like if Povetkin won I’d be vin­di­cated a lit­tle bit. It’s a very self­ish sport, box­ing. If Povetkin was to beat An­thony Joshua, my de­feat to him wouldn’t look as bad. How much are you look­ing for­ward to fight­ing at Wem­b­ley? It’s bril­liant. The thing that got me buzzing most [in Cardiff] was the fight week buildup. The big fight feel­ing. I hadn’t had that for a long time and I’d never had it at that scale. The peo­ple make the event… That’s what gave me a real buzz. To be go­ing straight back into that type of thing, that’s ex­cit­ing me. Ob­vi­ously fight­ing in the mid­dle of the pitch at Wem­b­ley, it’s one to tell my grand­kids. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity and it’s a mas­sive sport­ing event. The An­thony Joshua phe­nom­e­non, we should all en­joy it while it lasts. I can’t re­ally see it ever hap­pen­ing again on this scale in our life­time. It’s like cup fi­nal day when he’s fight­ing. All though there’s a lot of peo­ple there, the at­mos­phere’s weird be­cause ev­ery­one’s far away from the ring. Whereas fight­ing in York Hall they’re on top of you, it’s more of a bear pit. I’m just go­ing to en­joy it. I’m go­ing to be walk­ing in with a smile on face and do what I do best, but hope­fully win this time. You will get an ex­cit­ing fight, one way or an­other. For the ca­sual fans that’s what they want to see. With the Joshua-povetkin one, it may turn out to be a cagey af­fair like the Parker-joshua one. But me and Kuzmin, our styles will gel. I’m go­ing to be go­ing in gun­sling­ing. The good, the bad and the ugly.

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