Tony Thompson wants Tyson Fury fight
— Tony Thompson (@tiger_thompson) December 25, 2013
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 IBF, heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (38-4, 26 KO’s) says he wants a fight against #6 WBO Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) in 2014. Thompson wants the fight badly enough to where he’ll even come to the UK and face Fury in his own home country. Thompson obviously feels very confident that he’ll be able to whip Fury like he did David Price twice this year.
Fury has no excuse for not taking a fight like this because Thompson is actually ranked higher than Fury’s last opponent Steve Cunningham was when Fury fought him, and the same for all the other opposition Fury has been in with. This would be Fury’s highest ranking scalp if he could bag it. But it would be a dangerous fight for Fury, because Thompson is a heck of a lot better than the soft opposition that he’s been facing since he turned pro.
Fury’s best opposition thus far has been against Kevin Johnson, Vinny Maddalone, Dereck Chisora and Martin Rogan. We’re talking weak opposition here, and I’m surprised Fury’s ranked in the top 15 at all with those kinds of opponents being the best he’s faced.
If Fury is serious about wanting to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and not just flapping his gums to hear himself speak, then he needs to take on and beat someone like Thompson in order to show that he can beat someone that Wladimir beat in the past.
Thompson is coming off of a disappointing 12 round unanimous decision loss to Kubrat Pulev last August in an IBF heavyweight eliminator bout. This is a fight that was offered to Fury to fight Pulev with the winner becoming Wladimir’s mandatory challenger, but Fury turned it down and then wasted his time sitting around hoping and waiting for a fight against David Haye that never even took place.