David Price wants to halt the meteoric rise of Anthony Joshua by fighting him now – rather than waiting until it’s too late.
The 31-year-old was due to fight back in Liverpool for the first time in almost two years before a neck injury ruled him out.
Nonetheless, Pricey’s scheduled European title fight against Erkan Teper (14-0) will go ahead in Germany on July 17.
Despite the tricky bout with the unbeaten German, Price has been continuously linked with Joshua.
“We’re ready to make that fight whenever,” he told Sky Sports.
“If you look at this logically, it suits me better to fight Joshua now. He’s only had 13 fights and he hasn’t gone past three rounds, so I’ve got the experience in my favour.
“But I would be willing to fight him any time. It would be better if there was a belt on the line because it would make it more meaningful and a carrot dangling for the winner.
“It’s a fight I want to sit down and talk over but it has to be a 50-50 fight. I am not getting ‘brought in’ like a Kevin Johnson type of fighter.
“I have got my own ambitions and that’s what I am working on right now but hopefully, it will happen. Sooner preferably, but later if not.”