Fury: I want Deontay Wilder and David Price while I get ready for Wladimir
By William Mackay: Unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (15-0, 10 KO’s) doesn’t want to take on old timers and past their best heavyweights in the division while he’s getting ready to fight IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Fury says he wants to take on unbeaten young heavyweight prospects like Deontay Wilder (17-0, 17 KO’s) and David Price (11-0, 9 KO’s) before he takes on Klitschko.
Speaking with eastsideboxing.com’s On The Ropes Boxing Radio program, Fury said “So while we are setting up a Klitschko fight I won’t mind fighting Deontay Wilder, or Nazim Patrick the young Canadian champion, or David Price, the Olympic Bronze Medalist…I like these undefeated guys.”
Fury would be hugely popular if he took on and beat Wilder and Price. Those are really good prospects and it would make Fury a name in the United States and around the world if he could knock those guys off. I’m not sure that Fury’s promoter would be agreeable to putting Fury in with big guys that can punch like Wilder and Price. Those guys punch harder than Fury and Dereck Chisora, who Fury just beat by a 12 round decision last week to capture the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. Fury would have to possess a really good chin and use his boxing skills to beat those guys because Price and Wilder both have one punch knockout power with their right hands.
Fury says he wasn’t trying to throw hard punches against Chisora after the 4th round, and was just looking to make contact with him. It’s unclear why Fury wasn’t trying to throw power shots, because after all Chisora was opening up with some hard flurries every once in a while. If Fury had the power in him to take Chisora out, he should have opened up with his arsenal instead of keeping it in reserve like a miser.
Fury says he’ll be back in the ring in October, but doesn’t say who the opponent will be. There’s talk that Fury will take a meaningless money fight against 40-year-old Martin Rogan for the Irish heavyweight title next. If so, that’s kind of the opposite type of heavyweight than what Fury is talking about when he says he wants to take on young heavyweight prospects with unbeaten records. Rogan isn’t young and he’s certainly not unbeaten, as he’s lost twice.