Heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and David Price will get a chance at redemption as they will face one another in a 12-round fight on March 31st, according to announcement made by Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Heard.
Povetkin and Price are both coming off major disappointments and need to have a strong showing in the undercard fight of the Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker heavyweight world title unification fight.
Povetkin (33-1, 23 KOs) is a 2004 Olympic gold medalist and twice tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during a 7-month span in 2016.
Price (22-4, 18 KOs), 34, was a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and has been knocked out in all of his losses since 2012 raising questions over his chin. Price needs a win to help restore his once-promising reputation.
“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.”
Price knows that the stakes are high.
“Make no mistake, I am coming to win,” Price said of the importance of the fight.
“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.”