By Mark Vester
Two UK heavyweight giants have been waging a verbal war in the media. The more popular of the two, 6' 8 Tyson Fury (5-0), wants to avenge an amateur loss to the 6'8 David Price (1-0). Before Price even turned pro, he was bragging about the amateur win over Fury and vowed to beat him in the pros. Price beat Fury 22-8 in the amateur bout. Fury says that he was nothing more than a kid when the bout took place. He says Price should be ashamed of his performance in that fight.
"When I fought him I was a raw 17-year-old kid. He was 23 or something like that. I'd had 10 bouts and he'd had 70. He was a Commonwealth champion and had won all sorts while I was a novice. He was the only one who ended up on the floor and I was trying to catch him with big hooks while his style was totally suited to the amateurs ," Fury said to ITV.
"As somebody said to me after if I was a double ABA champion, a Commonwealth champion with 70 fights and I could only do that to a 10-fight novice I'd pack the game in! "
Fury wasn't impressed with Price's debut win against David Ingleby. He predicts that Price will be stopped inside the first round if the two of them ever got together in a pro ring.
"I was only a kid but I have come on so much since then. I'm a man now and he's definitely in my sights. I know if we fought now I'd smash his face in. Ingleby wobbled him in that one and Ingleby can't land a glove on me in the gym (they have sparred extensively). If we fought again Price wouldn't make it out of the first round. I'm too ferocious. He's just a big chinny thing from Liverpool," Fury said.
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