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Report: David Price Knocked Out Anthony Joshua in Sparring

Published On August 12, 2016 | By Niall Doran | Boxing News, Boxing Views and Opinion

A sensational story has broken in the boxing world today as reports that David Price knocked out Anthony Joshua in a past sparring session have emerged.

IBF heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua is currently looking for his next opponent this year at the O2 Arena in London most likely, and it looks like there may now be a new candidate to add to the list of potential foes.

Liverpool’s big hitting David Price has gone through a tough spell in his career in recent years following some crushing stoppage defeats, but is now coming off the back of a win inside the distance himself following a TKO win over Vaclav Pejsar in his hometown back in May.

Price has gotten the short end of the stick in his pro career in some people’s eyes, for a number of reasons, but has always come across as a quietly spoken, humble man, determined to keep going and pick himself back up from adversity.

Today however, he let the cat out of the bag with some remarks when he told Richard Damerell of Sky Sports that he once “floored” Joshua back in 2011 in a sparring session when Joshua was still an amateur – leaving the Londoner “flat on his face.”

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Joshua’s career has been handled carefully by promoter Eddie Hearn so far

Fast forward five years and how times have changed for both men.

Joshua is now on the ascent having won a version of the world title inside sixteen pro fights and Price is looking to get back into contention as a contender again.

Gym stories in boxing are always taken with a pinch of salt at the best of times and are largely never meant to be revealed, but given the credibility of someone like David Price who is known for his honesty and good nature, this has at least has to be taken somewhat seriously in my view.

Obviously it happened a long time ago and Joshua is a completely different fighter now (as is Price) but if true, it could be the precursor for an explosive domestic heavyweight fight between Joshua and Price, pitting two massive hitters in the ring.

Despite the critics that Price might have, one thing that can’t be taken away from him is that devastating right hand he has.

That equaliser will always be there and one would think that if he did fight Joshua, one thing is a near certainty, the fight wouldn’t be going the distance whoever is the victor.

Joshua has been linked to fights with Joseph Parker, Hughie Fury and Kubrat Pulev recently, but a domestic showdown with Price would likely generate more interest in the UK one would imagine.

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Niall Doran
Founder of Boxing News and Views (@NiallerDoran). Writer at the Huffington Post. Digital marketing guy. Journalist. Irish tech entrepreneur. Avid Yellow M&M's hound. Favourite boxing related quote: "It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen." - Muhammad Ali

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