David Price has experience facing Alexander Povetkin, so Sky Sports reached out to the heavyweight to get his feelings on the September 22 matchup between Povetkin and Anthony Joshua.
“He’s only lost to Klitschko. He might not look much on the face of it as in size, and physique and everything else, but I can tell you from first-hand experience that he’s a very accurate puncher.
“He’s not easy to land the right hand on, which is what I was looking for. If you watch him against Wladimir Klitschko, Klitschko very rarely landed his big right hand, it was left hooks.
“There is always a chance of an upset in boxing, but it isn’t as one-sided a fight as some people are seeing it. They should be excited about that fight, because it will be good while it lasts.”
Now, being fair, Price is no Anthony Joshua, either, so it’s not like anyone — even Price — is saying that Povetkin (34-1, 24 KO) will do to Joshua (21-0, 20 KO) what he did to Price, who was knocked out in the fifth round of their March 31 bout on the Joshua-Parker undercard.
But we’ve said the similar things, and I’ll say it again: yeah, this isn’t the Joshua-Wilder matchup everyone wanted, but it’s Joshua facing the next-best heavyweight in the world, a very capable veteran who can more than handle himself.
The one thing I will say about Price’s comments is that nobody should watch Klitschko-Povetkin, even for scouting purposes. I feel terrible for Anthony Joshua’s team if they have to sit down and watch that fight in preparation.