Following allegations that Anthony Joshua chose to fight Eric Molina over David Price because he was a safer option, the 27-year-old has confirmed that Price once "dropped" him while sparring.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Joshua played down the incident and denied it was a factor in deciding his opponent.
"Yes, [Price] dropped me in sparring and I continued training and that's why I am here now," he said.
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"In a sense, you have to look at these things as a blessing in disguise because, in boxing, a lot of people get dropped, get hurt and then go on and do great things.
"A lot of people get scared and go into a shell, but I just learned from my mistakes and just carried on with my career."
Since the incident in 2010, Joshua has won 17 fights in a row through knockout and won the IBF world heavyweight title.
"Many, many years on now we are here, but that's all hype in my opinion," the Brit added. "When I am looking at reality, I looked at what was right for me and thought Molina was a tougher fight.
"That's all it came down to. I wasn't judging this fight on how many Twitter followers I can gain from this or how many re-tweets I can get."
Joshua questioned whether Price would even be the right choice of opponent.
"I was looking at what is the best fight for my development - someone who has been in with better fighters - and yes, Eric Molina is a better opponent for me."
Joshua will defend his title against Molina on December 10.
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