David Price backs Anthony Joshua to KO Deontay Wilder as Tyson Fury urged to face Dillian Whyte in homecoming after Las Vegas heroics
David Price believes Tyson Fury should fight Dillian Whyte next and suggested Anthony Joshua would knock out Deontay Wilder if they were to fight.
The ‘Gypsy King’ conclusively ended his trilogy with the American on Saturday night with a devastating 11th round knockout in Las Vegas.
Having climbed off the canvas twice, Fury then effectively bullied his slightly smaller foe into submission, despite a brave effort from the former champion.
Provided Whyte can get past Otto Wallin on October 30 at the 02 Arena in London, the WBC are likely to sanction a fight between the two Brits owing to his position as the No.1 contender.
The last time Fury fought in England was back in 2018, when he stopped Sefer Seferi in his first fight in almost three years since dethroning Wladimir Klitschko.
And former amateur foe Price believes the 33-year-old deserves the chance to receive the adulation of his home fans.
Price told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “The Joshua fight was going to be a mega fight, but I wouldn’t rule out or write off the Dillian Whyte fight for a couple of reasons.
“Number one, Dillian Whyte would be a worthy opponent because of the position he has got himself in. The knockout loss to Povektin, he got straight back in, put it right the best way possible.
“Apart from that, he has had other good wins while he was the mandatory contenders. He’s not been treading water, he’s got in with big names, potential banana skins and come through them.
“I think the other reason is that Tyson Fury deserves a good homecoming fight and where better to do it than a domestic opponent who also has a name in his own right?
“I think it is the one that makes sense because everyone else is tied up for the time being and obviously, Fury is going to need a bit of time out after that fight.
“Maybe in spring or summer, somebody can put him and Whyte in a stadium, I think that is the homecoming that he deserves.”
With Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk set to fight yet again in 2022 with the remaining heavyweight titles on the line, the division is rather tied up through activity.
However, the loser of that fight would certainly present a viable opponent for former WBC champion Wilder.
Joshua tried to sanction a fight with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ back in 2018, yet the two sides failed to agree terms and the 35-year-old instead targeted Fury.
But with the division now alive and kicking, Price believes the fight now makes perfect sense for both men.
“This is the thing with these fights in the heavyweight division,” Price added. “Styles make fights.
“I always thought Joshua would knock Wilder out personally, with his close-range, mid-range punching power and explosiveness because Deontay Wilder is only dangerous at long range.
“That’s why Tyson Fury was getting up close to him, bullying him against the ropes and mauling him. Wilder is really dangerous at long range; if you get past that range, then you can knock him out.
“That being said, this was I thought that I had before I’ve seen Wilder ship a load of punishment of Fury over a sustained period which shows how touch he is.
“That’s a great fight as well and there are other opportunities as well for fans because there are going to capture the imagination.”