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Maloney on Fury Mess: I’m Disappointed for British Boxing

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

TYSON FURY was last night branded a chicken for ducking a clash with his big domestic rival David Price.

Fury yesterday gave up his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles rather than climb into the ring with Price.

Scouser Price was mandatory challenger for both belts and purse bids for the fight were due to be opened at noon yesterday.

But Fury’s camp withdrew hours before that to leave Price, who last week turned down a £100,000 offer from Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy, stunned.

Price’s promoter Frank Maloney said: “Chicken Fury was going to get the biggest payday of his career to date.

“He has let himself, his fans, his travelling community and the boxing world down.

“This is a decision that Fury will now live to regret.

“The nearest he will get to a world title fight is being given a nickname like ‘Chicken Bowe’ like Riddick Bowe did when he refused to fight Lennox Lewis.

“I’m disappointed for David Price and British boxing. This would have been the biggest payday for either fighter.

“We turned down the £100,000 bid because we knew that, if it went to purse bids, Price would earn more than that.”

Hennessy said: “We have a great schedule in place for ­Tyson on Channel 5 and I’m not prepared to have that ­affected by other promoters, purse bids and titles.

“Fury against Price was a quality fight and in my opinion it should go out to the widest possible audience – that’s why I offered David Price £100,000 to fight Tyson Fury on Channel 5.

“Unfortunately, it was rejected by his promoter on Monday.”

Fury said: “It’s been an honour to have won and held both the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, but as I’m now currently No.7 in the world, it’s time to move on.

“If David Price really believed he could beat me, the smart move would have been to take the great payday that was offered by my promoter.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 02-10-2012

he's had 17 fights & he has held both british & commonwealth belts & has wins over firtha, pajkic & chisora. chisora has had 2 titles shots cancelled, is fighting for a world title now & should have got the…

Comment by gingeralbino on 02-09-2012

what organisation has Fury ranked #7?

Comment by Sage84 on 02-09-2012

Well at least the Tyson Fury Comedy show will keep rolling. I look forward to those nights of "Boxing" on Channel 5, always great for a laugh!

Comment by David1976 on 02-09-2012

Hennessey is running out of fighters. Fury is basically his last remaining meal ticket until Eubank comes on stream and if Price wiped Fury out - which he probably would- big Mick would likely have problems.

Comment by Top_Rumper on 02-09-2012

Oh good i guess that means Fury will be back on chanel 5 soon fighting bums and uppercutting him self in the face. If i was him i would hide in my caravan for a will what fat pikey bum.

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