David Price still wants to “gatecrash” the heavyweight division, so we asked him to assess Britain’s world champion, former title holders, and rising contenders.
The Liverpudlian hopes to revive his career with a big-name bout and was this week mentioned as a potential opponent for Alexander Povetkin.
Price has returned to a domestic division which is packed full of big-punching talent and we asked the former British and Commonwealth champion to give his verdict on a crop of current heavyweights.
Top of the tree. It’s fallen nicely for him, but he’s taken it all on and transformed the sport. This type of mania you see when he’s fighting, we probably won’t see it again in our lifetime. I went to that fight at Cardiff and it was like when I went to the FA Cup final there with Liverpool. It was just madness and one person generated that.
In time Tyson could get back to the very top. I think it might take a bit longer than people think, because there’s that much weight on. I saw him the other week, I spoke to him, and he has been here before. He has been massively overweight and he got the weight off.
I hope he can make it to the ring, because obviously he’s having problems with his body breaking down in training camp and things like that. He’s had a bit of bad luck in the build-up to the last one, but that can happen to anyone. It was just a freak thing by the sounds of it.
Dillian is No 1 in the WBC rankings so he’s a No 1 contender. It must be frustrating, the politics of the sport. I’ve never been in that position and I wish I would have been. When you’ve earned your shot, but you keep having to fight in the process.
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Credit to him, he’s taking fights which are not tick over fights. They are progression and they are risky. You’ve got to take your hat off to him.
He’s young, he’s powerful, he looks strong for a young man especially. He looks the real deal. Has got time on his side, but if you’re good enough, you’re old enough. I think they will probably let him off the leash sooner rather than later. Good attitude as well, no talking rubbish, he just gets on with the job and does it in style.
Any other domestic contenders?
Joe Joyce could have a lot to say in things. He’s not the most pleasing on the eye of boxers, because he’s got a bit of an unconventional style. Fitness and endurance-wise, he’s second to none. He keeps going and going. Tough as well, got the amateur experience in the World Series of Boxing, so he can be rushed along.
What about yourself?
I’m not in that mix at the minute, but I could be. Anything could happen. I still feel there may be a twist in my career and this opportunity has presented itself to me, which I’m hoping can be signed, sealed, and then it’s up to me to deliver.