Fury: Price’s loss is Maloney’s fault for all the soft match-making he did for him
By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Tyson Fury is putting David Price’s loss at the hands of American Tony Thompson squarely on the shoulders of Price’s promoter Frank Maloney, blaming him for all the soft match-making he’s done for Price by making him against a series of 40-year-olds that did little to prepare the 6’8” Price for the reality that he had to face against the experienced 6’5” Thompson last Saturday night.
Fury told ESPN “Tony Thompson was going to get blown away, and I thought it was going to be a good fight between me and David, and I was going to do it, but Tony Thompson took it away from me…he [Price] only has one person to blame, and that’s Frank Maloney because if he [Price] had the [boxing] education I had, he wouldn’t be in this situation he is in today. If you look at who he’s fought in his previous fights, he’s fought Audley Harrison, Matt Skelton and Tony Thompson. They’re all in their 40s, and he’s learned nothing; he’s had no experience beforehand. I was a disaster waiting to happen, but now he can go back to the drawing board and regroup. But you can’t put a chin where there is none, but when you’re getting done in sparring then there’s nothing that can be done. They [Price] went over to Europe, [Kubrat] Pulev wobbled him, went in for the kill, and David weathered the storm.”
Most of the interview had Fury rambling nonsense about how the British boxing public still love Price and will always support him no matter what, but I totally agree with Fury with what he was saying about the soft match-making Maloney has done with Price. The transition from being matched against soft opposition to a real test against the fringe level Thompson was an extremely poor one.
You could see that Price was getting the rounds from anyone needed to get him ready for someone that would fight back like Thompson. Price needed someone that would actually try to fight him instead of falling over in one round after getting hit a few times.
That’s why is why it was such a bad decision by Maloney to match Price with Thompson because you could see even in the 1st round that Price was going to have some problems in this fight because he looked uncomfortable with taking shots in return.