Anthony Joshua once left a prison cell to be eliminated by David Price during a training session.
Prior to becoming the world superstar and the boxing world champion fans that fans know and love today, Joshua was a fresh-faced amateur who was learning the ropes of the sport.
Ahead of his unifying world title fight against Joseph Parker, Joshua openly admitted he was knocked out by David Price in a training session and needed help getting back on his feet.
The revelation came after Parker’s team accused the champion of having “a jawbone of glass,” which Price had exposed.
But according to ‘AJ’ himself, the day before the knockout was far too surreal for his liking.
“I think I was doing Thursday through Sunday because I was taking a development course,” he said after the press conference with Parker in March 2018.
“I went out on Saturday and went up there. I arrived by the station. I think that he [Price] was very good at the time, very strong. And I was making too many mistakes.
“These circumstances don’t help when training against an elite fighter.”
He added: “I took the train because they took my car. [I made the effort] Just to show commitment and get straight into sparring.
In order to increase potential interest in a fight between the two British boxers, Price first told the story in 2016, shortly after Joshua beat Charles Martin to win the IBF Heavyweight Championship.
“It’s probably boxing’s worst-kept secret and it’s something I never really talked about or mentioned,” Price told Sky Sports..
“When it happened Joshua was an amateur in the British squad and I was a pro novice and I kept him to myself because he was a potential boxer in the making. I wanted to protect him, I didn’t want to brag about it.
“But our positions have changed and he is the IBF heavyweight world champion. I’m someone who would definitely be interested in taking a chance, and thought now was the time to let the cat out of the bag and let it be known.
“It is possible that Anthony Joshua will be injured and beaten. What I’m talking about happened a long time ago, but it’s still the same two people.
When asked if he knocked out Joshua, Price replied, “100% yes. If it was a fight, he would have been arrested immediately. Not asleep, but on his stomach and out of the ring by his sneakers.
“It doesn’t seem to have affected him much as he has continued to achieve good things. He won a world silver medal a few months later.
In 2019 Joshua was eliminated for the first time as a professional as Andy Ruiz Jr made a stunning stop for the Briton at Madison Square Garden.