David Price has spoken out regarding his upcoming fight with Alexander Povetkin.
The heavyweights will meet at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff at the end of March, on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua – Joseph Parker bout.
Price’s career has been derailed by a series of drug cheats, and the chance to fight someone who tested positive for a pair of banned substances in 2016 was a chance too sweet to pass up.
The 34-year-old was beaten twice by Tony Thompson in 2013, a man who it later transpired was less than clean.
Similarly, two years later a defeat at the hands of Erkan Teper from Germany was also revealed to have been tainted by performance enhancing substances.
Referring to his upcoming opponent’s issues with doping, Price said:
I still think anyone who does it is weak mentally. I don’t know the ins and outs of Povetkin’s drug tests but he has definitely failed a couple. He has knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs, which means he’s been trying to find an answer to a question he couldn’t answer naturally.
Whatever the question was, whether it was to do with fitness or power, he had to turn to something that would give him an unfair advantage – if he knowingly took them. That gives me positivity.
With a career record of 22-4 at the age of 34, Price will be hoping his opponent Povetkin will view him as an easy setup fight to take on Joshua down the road.
The great thing about this is I hope he sees me as a walk in the park,
He had the choice between me and Dereck Chisora and I think he’d sparred with Chisora in the past and thought he would be a bit more awkward. So he’s picked me because I’m tall like Joshua and because he thinks he’s going to get a showreel knockout in the UK.