Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker: David Price to fight Alexander Povetkin on undercard

Boxer David Price fights Christian Hammer
David Price lost to Christian Hammer in 2017 after the referee stopped the fight

Former British heavyweight champion David Price says he has a "massive chance" when he fights Alexander Povetkin on the Anthony Joshua undercard in March.

Price, 34, returned to the ring in December after 10 months out and earned a points win against Kamil Sokolowski.

He admits it is a "big ask" to win the bout but added that "upsets do happen".

Russia's Povetkin, 38, has lost just once in his 34-fight career - against Wladimir Klitschko in 2013.

The pair will fight on the undercard when WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua faces WBO title holder Joseph Parker in a unification bout on 31 March in Cardiff.

Price made a promising start to his career and he beat Sam Sexton in his 13th fight to win the vacant British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles in 2012.

His progress was then derailed by back-to-back stoppage defeats at the hands of Tony Thompson the following year.

Since losing to Thompson, who failed a drugs test following their second fight, Price has lost two more fights.

Erkan Teper, who beat Price 2015, also failed a drugs test in the aftermath, and Price's most recent loss came against Christian Hammer in February 2017.

Povetkin, who has previously failed two drugs tests himself, had his suspension lifted and returned to boxing in December, when he beat Hammer on points.

"It is a massive, massive chance for me and it has come from nowhere," Liverpudlian Price said when the fight was confirmed on Friday.

"I will go in there completely free of any pressure and I think people will see the best of me for that very reason.

"Make no mistake, I am coming to win. At first, I was just grateful for the opportunity. But now in my mind I have to win this fight.

"There is plenty to gain and too much upside for me not to win this fight - it could be life changing."

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