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Haye: Price has Klitschko qualities

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David Price can topple the world in the next two years says David Haye © PA Photos
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British heavyweight David Price draws parallels with the division's megastars, the Klitschko brothers, according to compatriot David Haye.

Haye lost to Wladimir Klitschko in a world title unification fight in 2011 and is currently courting his older brother Vitali for a career swansong later in 2013.

While the 32-year-old Londoner has made it clear that he is not interested in fighting Price or fellow Brit Tyson Fury before he retires, he has offered his support to the former.

Price had a stellar 2012, winning all four of his bouts by knockout, and will be back in the ring on February 23 to fight American Tony Thompson in his home town of Liverpool.

But Haye believes it will not be long before the 29-year-old Price will be challenging for a world title, saying it could happen in the next two years.

"I sparred with David Price since he was an amateur... he's got all the tools that a Klitschko has," Haye told Sky Sports News.

"He ticks all the boxes. With the right guidance within the next two years he should be knocking on the door. I'll be long retired by then with my pipe and slippers."

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