THIS week’s edition of Boxing News magazine covers Anthony Joshua inking Eric Molina for his December 10 world title defence. British heavyweight David Price hoped to get in the frame for a shot at Joshua. He told Boxing News why he thought he deserved the fight.

“The reason why I would have been a better opponent than Molina is that I would have been going in to win,” Price said. “Molina is not going to come to win, he’s going to mess Joshua about, and spoil for a few rounds, then he’s going to sit on the ropes and get knocked out. I would have fought fire with fire, which is why it would have been more exciting for the fans.

“Getting in the ring with a world champion doesn’t fill with me with fear or dread, it’s exciting. I was hopeful [of fighting Joshua] but the reality was they were always going to take the safer option. Molina was coming over [anyway] as my opponent, and it goes to show the level that Joshua is fighting.”

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