Revealed: David Price Knocked Out Anthony Joshua in Sparring

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’.

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.

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.”

What challenges are ahead for Anthony Joshua?

Anthony Joshua successfully overcame the challenge of Dominic Breazeale to defend his IBF heavyweight title. The 26-year-old secured the victory in the seventh round by knocking out the American, extending his winning record in the ring to 17 bouts.

Joshua now faces the task of defending his crown against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, in a mandated fight after the 24-year-old secured the challenger’s position.The Brit will now watch Parker’s next bout with interest as he faces off with Solomon Haumono, in a bid to maintain his unbeaten record.

Parker is backed at 1/100 to clinch the 20th victory of his career by Betway to defeat the 40-year-old in Canterbury but due to the New Zealander’s record, Joshua will have to be on top of his game to continue the dominance that he has enjoyed in his career to date.The 26-year-old endured one of the toughest fights against Breazeale, who entered the bout at the 02 Arena with an unbeaten record.

Breazeale boasted advantages in height and weight over the Brit, but Joshua came out firing with a left hook in the first round to put the American on the back foot. Joshua upped the ante in the second round, with Breazeale just surviving a volley of right hands to reach the bell. However, he rallied to cause the champion a few problems in the third to give himself a glimmer of hope.

However, the Brit raised the level of his game over the next few rounds to leave the American unsteady on his feet before a final flurry of punches, including a firm right forced the referee to end the contest.

The fight was the second longest of Joshua’s career, behind his victory against compatriot Dillian Whyte last year; a bout that lasted for a further 26 seconds.

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Joshua is the class of the division, and although Parker has a fine record in his career, he has not faced anyone of the quality of the Brit, making another victory likely for the Watford-born fighter. The 26-year-old could even be in action before facing Parker against Kubrat Pulev following his victory over Dereck Chisora. The Bulgarian has pedigree at the highest level having fought Wladimir Klitschko in 2014, although he only lasted five rounds before he was knocked out.

In spite of his defeat it was the 35-year-old’s only loss in 21 bouts – at that time.  A potential fight against Pulev could be just the experience that Joshua needs before he possibly challenges Klitschko or Tyson Fury in the future.

Joshua has plenty of time on his side at the age of 26, but should he wish to pit himself against one of the best fighters in the sport such as Klitschko, he may have to do so sooner rather than later due to the Ukrainian’s advancing years. Fury and Klitschko were meant to fight in July at the Manchester Arena, only for the Brit to pull out of the match due to an ankle injury in training.

That issue for Fury will push back any bout with Joshua, especially considering that he said he would retire after their rematch.

The pinnacle bout of British boxing would see Joshua and Fury face off in a classic match next year, with IBF, WBA, WBO, and The Ring titles on the line. It would bring out the best in both men, with Joshua’s speed and power battling against the brute force and firm defence of Fury.

However, both men have a long way to go before a potential Battle of Britain clash, although Joshua’s star continues to rise and it seems that their contest will be when rather than if.

Breazeale warns Joshua: “I’m beating you up real bad”

In an enthralling interview given to Sky Sports’ “The Gloves are Off”, American boxer Dominic Breazeale has warned Anthony Joshua that he will get a taste of his own medicine when the pair meet on June 25.

The American further reiterated his stance as he claimed that he is going to stun the world by knocking out the world heavyweight Champion.

Giving us a glimpse of his gameplan, Breazeale told Joshua that he will take him to “uncharted territory” in the 6th and 7th rounds of their fight.

Afterward, as stated by the American, he plans to knock out Joshua to strip him of his title.

In addition to talking about the future, Breazeale also stirred controversy as he claimed that Joshua only won the Olympic Gold Medal because he enjoyed the favour of hometown judges.

Breazeale said on a captivating The Gloves Are Off: “[Roberto] Cammarelle the Italian, he won that gold medal. Fighting in your backyard leaving things up to the judges, you’re going to get that nod.”

“That’s why I don’t plan on letting that fight on June 25 go to the judges. I do not believe Anthony Joshua is a gold medallist. Cammarelle won that fight.”

Providing his analysis on other British fighters, Breazeale claimed that he would beat Tyson fury with “one hand tied behind his back”.

Coming into this fight, the Californian has 17 professional wins to his name.

However, most of those wins came against anonymous fighters, a fact, which largely understates the capbilities of the 30-year old.

Nevertheless, despite all his talk before the game, it would be a major upset if Breazeale is able to defeat, let alone KO, Joshua on the 25th of June at the O2.