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Price withdraws from return bout with Orlov

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David Price has been forced to pull out of his fight with Evgeny Orlov on Saturday due to illness.

The British heavyweight was due to make his return to the ring in Germany for new promoter Sauerland, having lost his last two fights to American Tony Thompson.

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However Price, who recently vacated his British and Commonwealth titles rather than fight mandatory challenger Derek Chisora, stated he would not return to the ring until he was fully fit.

"I've had a virus hanging over me for a couple of weeks," Price told the Liverpool Echo. "I've had it when I've been training.

"I started getting better at the end of last week but I missed out on too much training. So there just wasn't an option to fight.

"I wanted to be 100%. It was just not an option to be anything else. If I had fought then I would've been at 60% on Saturday. It's a fight I could win at 60% but I really need to start producing the goods now.

"I had been training and sparring but I wasn't able to recover between sessions. If I'd had a hard day's training then I was wiped out the following day. It was breaking up my energy too much and my energy was low."

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua has delayed his fourth fight as a professional against Dorian Darch at London's ExCel Arena. Promoter Matchroom indicated the super-heavyweight Olympic champion had suffered a setback on his injured shoulder. He will now fight on February 1.

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