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Matchroom Boxing has confirmed the first addition to the undercard of the March 31st world heavyweight unification bill headlined by Anthony Joshua & Joseph Parker, to be held at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff.

It has been announced that WBA #1 ranked contender and former world titleholder Alexander Povetkin will face Britain’s David Price on the undercard, which will be Russian Povetkin’s debut fight as a professional in the UK. Povetkin is set to be named as mandatory challenger by the World Boxing Association, set to face the winner of Joshua v Parker if he successfully defeats Price on the 31st of March.

Price himself has had this particular opportunity land in his lap as he continues to rebuild his career following his stoppage defeat to Christian Hammer in 2016. Victory for the hard-hitting Price would see the Liverpudlian rocket up the world rankings and potentially secure the #1 position in the WBA rankings.

David spoke via Mtahcroom press release, stating his surprise of being handed the opportunity to face Povetkin and the potential prize on offer.

“It is a massive, massive chance for me and it has come from nowhere,” said Price. “I wasn’t expecting an opportunity like this to appear so it was a no-brainer.

“It is a big ask for me to go out and win this fight but upsets do happen in sport. I have been on the wrong end of upsets in boxing and I think I am due a bit of luck. I have a belief that this fight has come at the right time for me and I have a belief that I am going to win the fight.

“Without doing myself a disservice, every dog has its day and I have a feeling that this is doing to be my day and everything that has happened has led to this.

“I have never found myself in this position where I have been the big underdog and I have everything to gain. 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. I am desperate to win this fight and I will do everything in my power to do so.

“I know it will be a hard fight, anything can happen in a fight and I may have to get off the floor to win. It is going to be the hardest fight of my life but something is telling me it is going to be my night.

“Sparring will be key for me. I am going to have to take myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to sparring for this fight. I need to bring in world-class sparring partners who will test me every day. We will go away to Germany for some sparring, we haven’t got any names yet but we are having a look.

“In the past, I have performed my best when I have been really tested in the gym and in sparring, so that will be key for this fight. I need to be prepared for what is to come because it is going to be a hard fight and as long as I am prepared physically and mentally then nature will take its course.”

Povetkin vs Prie along with the main event will broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Offie.


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