Story: Chip Mitchell
Alexander Povetkin, (33-1, 23 KOs) will take on David Price, (22-4, 18 KOs) on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua/Joseph Parker heavyweight world title unification fight.
The card takes place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
“It is a massive, massive chance for me, and it has come from nowhere,” Price said. “I wasn’t expecting an opportunity like this to appear, so it was a no-brainer [to take the fight]. 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 going 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,” Price said. “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.”
“I’m very excited to be fighting on this huge show,” Povetkin said. “I expect to put on a great performance and then go on to fight the Joshua vs. Parker winner later this year.”
Price has lost twice to Tony Thompson and once each to Erkan Teper and Christian Hammer. All Price’s losses were via knockout.
Povetkin, rated #2 in the world behind Joshua, has a lone loss to Wladimir Klitschko. A showdown last year between Povetkin and Deontay Wilder was scrapped because of a mysterious drug testing fiasco.
This fight piques my interest because Price is 6’8″ with an 82-inch reach. Povetkin is 6’2, with a six-inch reach deficit. Despite his shortcomings, (no pun), Price is no pushover. His chin has let him down and I’m sure Povetkin will aim to make David his 24th KO victim.
Povetkin, on the other hand, hasn’t set the world on fire in his last two outings. Could it be due to PEDs, or should I say lack thereof? Or has age become a contributing factor for Povetkin?
I think we may learn the truth, the March 31st truth at least, about both men. If Povetkin wins, I expect Joshua to line him up this summer or fall. I have a feeling should Wilder and Joshua win in March, we’ll see them in the ring together in 2019, not 2018.