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David Price says Anthony Joshua victory over Deontay Wilder wouldn’t surprise


Olympic bronze medalist David Price rates Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23) a genuine shot at defeating Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42) in a battle of former world heavyweight champions.

Britain’s Joshua, 33, was last in action earlier this month when he stopped late replacement Robert Helenius 32-5 (21) with a single right hand in the seventh round at the O2 Arena in London, England.

American Wilder, 37, knocked out Finland’s Helenius in the opening round of his last bout in October last year.

Now former two-time WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua and former WBC champion Wilder appear to be on a collision course in Saudi Arabia in January next year.

England’s Price, who retired with a record of 25-7 (20) four years ago following a fourth-round knockout loss to Derek Chisora 34-13 (23), believes his countryman has the tools to upset the big-punching Wilder.

“I obviously think Joshua’s got a better chance going into the fight, after Saturday night. If he hadn’t fought on Saturday night and went straight into the Wilder fight, I’d have given him little chance to be honest,” Price said to Betway.

“It might have even worked out better for him that he fought Robert Helenius, because he’s as tall as Deontay Wilder, so he’s proved to himself that he can land the big shot on the tall man. Of course, he knows that anyway, but more recently he hasn’t been able to do that.

“So, it might have worked better that he fought Robert Helenius rather than Dillion Whyte, who he’s already knocked out before and whose style was more suited to him. He proved that he can adapt at short notice on Saturday night.

“The style of fighting was completely different and it didn’t affect them. He kept focused, stuck to a game plan and got the big win.

“After Saturday night, I think Joshua’s given himself a much bigger chance of going in and doing some damage. You definitely cannot write Anthony Joshua off in that fight because what he has got that Wilder hasn’t is the up-close firepower – the short-range to mid-range punch.

“And Anthony Joshua wins in that range every time against Deontay Wilder and probably against most heavyweights, if not all of them. His uppercut, left hook and right hook got him so many devastating knockouts early on in his career and could do the damage against Deontay Wilder.

“You’ve got to favor Deontay Wilder, based on the more recent form and his carefree attitude, in my opinion. But that being said, he’s being in three grueling fights with Tyson Fury that might have taken something off him. It might have put miles on the clock.

“We didn’t see evidence of it against Robert Helenius because it was over within a round, but three, four, six rounds deep into a fight with AJ and he might show signs of those three fights – we’ll find out.”