In an interview given to Sky Sports, Liverpool based fighter David Price has claimed that he once knocked out Anthony Joshua in the gym when sparring with the English Champion.
Price also offered Joshua the chance to avenge that forgotten loss by fighting him in the professional ranks. Until now, Joshua has has kept his silence regarding the Price’s challenge – probably intellingently avoiding being goaded into the ring for a fight that he doesn’t need to take.
This all started from an Anthony Joshua tweet in which the 27-year-old asked for only for what he deems to be ‘serious challengers’.
To all potential challengers..please don’t waste our time with fake hype! Serious applications only!!! https://t.co/lu8NWpyXmh
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) August 10, 2016
As Joshua gave an open invitation, Price responded accordingly by challenging Joshua to fight him for the IBF title.
In the same tweet, Price hinted of a past encounter in which he floored the current IBF heavyweight Champion.
I fit the bill. 2 Olympians. Fuck what people say we both know what happened last time we shared a ring 👊💥 https://t.co/ig9uX4mxr8
— David Price (@DavidPrice_1) August 12, 2016
The tweet from Joshua came just a month after he defeated Dominic Breazeale to retain the IBF heavyweight Championship in June.
After winning that fight, Joshua retains his 17-0 record from professional bouts.
While the Champion was in a bullish mood after retaining his title, Price returned the same feelings with his tweet.
During an Interview with Sky Sports, Price has said that he floored Joshua way back in 2011 when the pair were practicing in a training session.
“It’s probably the worst kept secret in boxing and it’s something that I’ve never really brought up or mentioned,” Price told Sky Sports.
Prior to their bout in the sparring ring, and for some time after that, Joshua was seen as the new kid on the block.
Price, however, was a pro.
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The tables have now turned significantly in Joshua’s favour, yet it doesn’t stop Price from digging up the history between the pair.
“When it happened, Joshua was an amateur on the GB squad and I was a novice pro and I kept it to myself because he was an up and coming potential boxer. I wanted to protect him from it, didn’t want to go around boasting about it. But our positions have changed and he’s IBF heavyweight champion of the world.”