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David Price changes his prediction for Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder

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The world of boxing is abuzz with the speculation of a potential fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, with both boxers willing to come face-to-face in 2018.

A highly anticipated bout involving two of the greatest talents of the modern era, with both men yet to lose a fight since turning professional.

Wilder registered an emphatic victory over former champion Bermane Stiverne earlier this month, with a KO win in the first round to retain his WBA heavyweight title for the sixth time in two years.

He immediately turned his attention to the unified world champion Joshua, calling him out for a showdown next year.

Since then, boxers and experts from around the world have expressed their opinions regarding the potential heavyweight clash.

Olympic bronze medallist David Price has now given his take on who would triumph, if and when the super fight comes to fruition.

Price has previously always thought Joshua has been an indomitable force in the heavyweight division and backed him to trounce the American puncher.

However, his perception completely changed since the 28-year-old squared up against Carlos Takam, securing a controversial stoppage win in the tenth round last month.

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“For what it’s worth, before I watched Joshua against Takam, I fancied Joshua to wipe the floor with Wilder," he told Boxing Scene.

“But now I think Wilder at long range would beat Joshua to the punch. Joshua’s mid-range and close range work is brilliant. But at length he doesn’t seem to get his shots off as quickly and I think Wilder would be in with a good chance of knocking him out.

“Not only that, Anthony Joshua is a textbook boxer and conventional textbook fighters are easier to read unlike Deontay Wilder, who will do things out of the ordinary that you’re not expecting. He does things bit unorthodox.

Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

“If you’ve been fighting decent level fighters who do everything as textbook, it’s quite easy to read. You throw a jab, then you throw a right hand. You see it coming. You read it a bit quicker then what Deontay Wilder does with them mad swings especially. Interesting all the same.

“I think Wilder could beat him. That’s just my opinion.”

Price himself was one of the names who could have faced Joshua, with a back story dating back to the time when Price seriously hurt his British compatriot, who was still an amateur, during a sparring session.

The 34-year-old’s title plans were knocked out by Christian Hammer in February, however, and he is now scheduled for a return to the ring on December 2 in Brentwood.

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