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Tyson Fury: Price Has No Heart, Maloney is a Tosser!

By Terence Dooley

Tyson Fury hit Blackpool last night to take in Brian Rose’s British light-middleweight title win over Sam Webb at the Winter Gardens and to support the undercard fighters.  The 6’ 9’’ heavyweight contender was as prominent as the city’s famous Blackpool Tower landmark, he spent the night watching the fights, meeting and greeting fans and dropping sound bites at VIP Promotions’ first solo televised show, which was shown live on Loaded TV here in the U.K. 

Fury registered a wide decision win over America’s Kevin Johnson in a WBC title eliminator in Belfast on the first of this month.  After posing for photos with Blackpool’s fight fans, he settled down to watch Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe register a decision win over Harvey Hemsley and then joined BoxingScene for Tomi Tatham’s win over Elvis Dube before discussing the Johnson fight and his domestic rivalry with Liverpool’s David Price.

“I came to watch Isaac [Lowe], he boxed really well — this is a really nice venue as well and it is nice to be here,” said Fury.  “I liked my last fight.  I have gone past domestic level, I am world-level now and Johnson’s the best heavyweight in America, but I handled him easy.  I stuck to my game plan.  No one or nothing will influence me to get stuck into a brawl, no way.

“I kept to my boxing, it is not just about going out there and getting stuck in, I did that for almost every other fight I had, so I’ll stick to my boxing throughout the rest of my career.  Johnson’s said I was the hardest puncher he’s been in with and the best fighter, which says a lot.

“Now I am potentially one fight away from the heavyweight championship of the world, hopefully the WBC world championship, and I can’t wait because I’ve had a great year and want a great 2013.  I’m disciplined, mature and this is the best shape I’ve ever been in.  I am staying in this shape.”

He added: “We worked hard on my boxing, me and Peter [his uncle and trainer], and on technique and different things — it is not just about going in there and knocking people out.  Everyone knows I can get knockouts, but against Johnson the other night, I used my brain.”

Fury’s win against Johnson won over some U.S. boxing fans; he believes that his long-discussed American debut will take place soon and bring more supporters into the fold.  He said: “To be honest the people over here (the U.K.) don’t understand boxing that much because they say Johnson was a shit fighter, but let me tell you, he was a top five heavyweight in the world and ranked in the WBC.

“No one has done the job I’ve done on Johnson, not even [Vitali] Klitschko, and I’m not out there getting hit by and then knocking out 50-year-old men [a dig at David Price’s second-round KO of Matt Skelton] — I’m fighting world-class fighters.

“Fighting in America would be great, but I don’t just want to fight anyone, I want to fight the [Chris] Arreola and Bermane Stiverne winner or [Tomasz] Adamek, that’s it — I’m not interested in anyone else.  Johnson was the best heavyweight in America, the rest will just get a good beating because I’m at that level where I just want to get in there and smash them all up.

“Johnson has an excellent jab, he was trying to lure me in all night long and I had to be careful, really.  This is the best year I’ve had, the most disciplined, and it is the only time I’ve properly trained — I’ve had 20 fights and only trained properly for my last three.”

Fury’s Twitter page has attracted plenty of attention lately.  The 20-0 (14) contender has rucked with fans and fellow fighters alike on the social media site, but he believes that his running verbal battles with Price, Frank Maloney, Price’s manager, and, seemingly, the entire city of Liverpool, including fellow pros Derry Mathews and Tony Bellew, is stoking up interest in an eventual meeting between himself and Price.

“Price is a pussy, he doesn’t deserve the fight with me on what he has done,” he said.  “Price has no heart and hasn’t earned his shot — he needs to visit the Wizard of Oz and pick up some heart up before he fights me.  Price is the British champion, which I’ve been, he’s fought John McDermott, who I beat after only a year as a pro, then Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton, two has-beens — Martin Rogan beat the pair of them when they were in their heydays.  Price hasn’t made much of a statement, it is one of those things where he has to earn the fight to fight me because I’m ranked five by the WBC and knocking on the door of a world title shot, Price is nowhere near that ranking [Writer’s note: Price is currently ranked at number nine by the WBC].

“I’ve already won the British, I don’t want to fight for that title now and have seen the Board posting notices saying I’ve got to fight for the title, why when I gave it up already?  I’ve got no interest in that, I want the world title, but You’ve got to keep building these fights because the more you build it the bigger it becomes and the better it is financially for the both of us. 

“Look, there’s my mate Frank Maloney over there now, he said he wants the fight.  Let me give you a few words about him — he’s a little tosser and all he’s good for is following Price around.  I’m a boxing encyclopedia, especially when it comes to heavyweights, and know what it is all about, Maloney just thinks he can call people a few names, but he’s never had a fight in his life.”

Still, Maloney apologised earlier this week for his recent comments towards Fury, and has insisted that the Price fight is still doable.  I asked Fury is Maloney’s apology was timely and whether the promoter and manager might have made it after finding out that the heavyweight would be in Blackpool that night.

“Yeah, I think he did,” said a smiling Fury.  “I was going to go to Montreal to watch Jean Pascal against Aleksy Kuziemski, but have been a bit ill so couldn’t fly out, so I came here tonight instead and have enjoyed it.”

The fans and press in attendance were equally glad that Fury came to Blackpool.  Indeed, Maloney himself seemed delighted by Fury’s presence and by his patter.  As long as Fury talks and both heavyweights continue to register wins the domestic division will remain in good health, which is not something you get to say often when it comes to heavyweight boxing in the U.K.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gratide on 12-17-2012

I want to see him fight wilder before i'm convinced he's legit . he's been dodging him !

Comment by techliam on 12-17-2012

I'd pick Fury over Price Much better resume. The guy is hilarious, has improved quite a bit. But we all won't forget his uppercut to his own face :lol1: comedy gold

Comment by White_Knight on 12-17-2012

He is right in saying Maloney is a tosser.

Comment by WesleySnipes on 12-17-2012

“Price is a *****, he doesn’t deserve the fight with me on what he has done,” he said. “Price has no heart and hasn’t earned his shot — he needs to visit the Wizard of Oz and pick up some…

Comment by Tyrone Biggums! on 12-17-2012

Agree with everything fury said there.

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