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David Price talks about infamous sparring session with Anthony Joshua

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David Price has revealed the details about a sparring session that he had with Anthony Joshua back in 2011. 

The eventful session saw Price knock Joshua down and the Liverpudlian has spilled the beans on the infamous incident. 

When asked whether he remembers the details, Price replied: "It was seven years ago, but I remember it well. I was sparring for my first 10-round fight.

"I landed a hard shot, a good shot. Similar to the shot Wladimir Klitschko landed on him. I caught Joshua with a throwaway left hook. I sold him that, then caught him with a big right hand.

"He fell forwards, onto his face. He went down heavily. He tried to get up, but was on unsteady legs, and the trainer pulled him out."

Price also confirmed the rumours about Joshua waking up in a police cell prior to the training session. 

He added: "I didn't know that, at the time. I don't think the trainers knew. Did he drive up from London that morning? I didn't know.

"I don't knock many people out in sparring, with those big gloves. When I did that to him, I wondered: is he fragile? Then I heard he was stopped in the European Championships.

"But now, he's proving to be okay. He didn't go into a shell, and he isn't gun shy. He got rocked by Dillian Whyte and put down by Klitschko, but he can hold a shot."

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Despite the underwhelming first impressions, Price knew that Joshua had some potential. 

"Yes. I knew he had something, but I didn't know how much. It's hard to tell," Price continued. 

"I was aware of who he was. He was a two-time ABA champion. I still had one eye on the amateurs, because I hadn't long turned pro."

The 34-year-old stated that he only revealed the knockdown last year in order to instigate a possible fight with Joshua. 

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Price added: "I brought it up to generate interest for his team to say 'we will fight Price'. That was my ace in the pack, at the time.

"I had held onto it until the time was right to let the cat out of the bag. Normally, sparring is just sparring. But when there's an opportunity at a world title on the line, I thought I'd get the information out there.

"There's no shame in being knocked down by me. If he was knocked down by a light puncher, or a light-heavyweight, then yes."

Recently, Joseph Parker brought the incident up in the press conference with Joshua ahead of their world heavyweight unification fight on March 31. 

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