Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua recorded victory number nine front of David Price on Saturday Getty

David Price has advised Anthony Joshua not to step into the ring with him next year, warning the unbeaten heavyweight he "will be looking to take Joshua's head off his shoulders".

Price, 31, was ringside for Joshua's latest victory as he stopped Denis Bakhtov in the second round to claim the vacant WBC international heavyweight title and extend his unbeaten to run to 9-0 at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday 11 October.

After the victory, promoter Eddie Hearn warned the young Londoner would "go through everyone in the heavyweight division", prompting Price to weigh in on a proposed showdown between the two.

"I'm not this durable fighter, who comes in to get rounds in," Price told the Daily Telegraph.

"I'll be going in to take his head off his shoulders type of thing, without sounding too manic. I'll be going out with the same intentions as Anthony Joshua. It will be an explosive fight."

Despite still being regarded as one of the biggest hitters in the heavyweight division, Price's march towards its summit was halted by back-to-back defeats to American Tony Thompson in 2013.

The Liverpudlian has since recorded three consecutive victories since his defeats last year to spark suggestions of a meeting with Joshua.

The 24-year-old returns to the ring in November take on 39-year-old veteran Michael Sprott and Price is expecting his potential opponent to secure a 10<sup>th career win.

"I don't think, with respect to Sprott, that it will be a test for Joshua," Price continued. "But if they are serious about fighting me, they need to contact my promoters, Sauerland. They can say what they want right now, but I'd be surprised if they take the fight against me."