Former British heavyweight champ David Price will continue his comeback under new trainer Dave Coldwell out in Germany, when the 33-year-old will box a six-rounder against a TBA on the Juergen Braehmer-Nathan Cleverly card on Saturday, October 1. After that, Price will appear on the under-card of Anthony Joshua’s November 26 IBF title defence (which could see AJ fight Wladimir Klitschko in what would of course be a huge fight).
The plan, Coldwell said in speaking with Sky Sports today, is for Price to get the tune-up done and dusted and then face unbeaten New Zealander, current IBF mandatory challenger Joseph Parker on the Joshua bill – with the aim being to beat Parker to earn a shot at AJ.
“We’re fighting on the Germany bill on Saturday and then waiting to see what’s happening with Joseph Parker,” Coldwell told Sky Sports. “Last we knew, if AJ doesn’t fight Parker next then we’re fighting Parker on the bill on November 26. That’s a big fight. We’ve been pushing hard to be on the Germany bill first. That’ll be a six-rounder and then hopefully it’s Parker.If AJ fights Parker himself then that scuppers us fighting Parker. Price wants to fight world-level fighters and he wants to fight the mandatory challenger to earn the right to face AJ.”
Price-Parker would be a big and intriguing fight, for whatever his faults, Price can certainly punch hard. It will all depend on what Joshua does next though. If the super-fight with Klitschko can be made for November then Parker will have to wait until next year for his shot at the IBF belt (whoever holds it, Joshua or Klitschko) and Price could get the big fight with the unbeaten contender.
Parker first faces Alexander Dimitrenko, also this Saturday night, and in boxing it can be dangerous looking too far ahead. But fight fans could be in store for a great card of heavyweight boxing in November. Klitschko-Joshua topping the bill, with Parker-Price as chief support? That would be one special card of boxing.