Fury: David Price was exposed as a fraud by Tony Thompson
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) took the opportunity at the latest press conference to hype his upcoming fight next month to get some digs in on his nemesis David Price, who recently was stopped in the 2nd round by 41-year-old Tony Thompson last month. Fury feels Price’s limitations as a heavyweight was exposed by Thompson, although Fury says he does think Price can come back from the defeat to accomplish whatever.
Fury said “I told you it [Price getting knocked out] was going to happen all along. It just shows you how rubbish he really was. He’s a fraud and he’s been exposed. This guy [Thompson] is trying to make money before he retires. I’m sure after [Steve] Cunningham, if he hasn’t been beat, I’d like to take Thompson for my record. I don’t like the idea of him coming over here [to the UK] and taking out the top prospect, and going back to American and bragging about it to everybody. David Price in my opinion was never the top prospect. He fought old pensioners, Audley Harrison, Matt Skelton, Sam Sexton. In the heavyweight division, if you can’t take a good shot, you’re not going to go very far, and he also doesn’t have the mental toughness.”
I kind of agree with a lot of what Fury says about Price. We already saw that Price had chin problems when he fought in the amateur ranks because he was exposed by Roberto Cammarelle and Bermane Stiverne when they were able to badly hurt Price. So it wasn’t really unexpected that he was going to lose by a knockout eventually, but I think everyone was a little surprised that Thompson was the one to do it because he’s never been considered a huge puncher.
It looks like Fury is going to delay his path to the heavyweight title by taking a detour road in a fight against Tony Thompson, if his promoter Mick Hennessey can get that fight. I don’t think he can afford Thompson at this point, so I’m giving Fury only a small chance of landing this fight.
I have no clue why Fury is taking about Price’s chin, when his own chin is basically the same as Prices. That’s like the pot calling the kettle black. We saw Fury get dropped by the light hitting Nevan Pajkick and staggered badly Dereck Chisora and Nicolai Firtha. That kind of tells you all you need to know about Fury’s ability to take a hard shot.
Fury has taken on some old guys too. He mentions the old guys that Price has fought, but he forgets that he recently fought 41-year-old Martin Rogan, 39-year-old Zack Page and 37-year-old Vinny Maddalone, so it’s not as if Fury is any different with his match-making. Both Fury and Price have been spoon fed older fighters, and not the true class in the heavyweight division.