Price: I beat Fury in the amateurs and will beat him in the pros

14 Nov

Tommy Barber – London

Fast-rising domestic heavyweight David Price, a bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has a British title eliminator scheduled for January 21 against John McDermott, however, the acclaimed Liverpudlian has expressed his eagerness to box rival Tyson Fury now that they are both developing sterling reputations at home and abroad. Price spoke of his amateur trumping of Fury and his belief that he can replicate that success to the paid ranks.

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For Price, the time is right to tame Tyson's Fury. Credit: Hennessy Sports

“Fury is the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion and I respect him for that, but after I get past John McDermott on January 21, I will be out to prove a point,” said Price.

Like Fury, Price represents a fighter in the modern heavyweight mold as he stands at a whopping 6’8. A decorated amateur, Price won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, and also shared a ring with some of the most esteemed big men of the sport, including: Italy’s Roberto Cammarelle, Finland’s Robert Helenius and countryman Fury.

“I beat Fury in the amateurs and I will beat him in the pros and I just hope that both promoters [Fury is with Hennessy Sports, Price is represented by Frank Maloney] can get this fight on but it is up to the board of control [BBBoC] to sanction this fight.”

Since turning pro and fighting for pay, Price has amassed a healthy 11-0-0, 9ko record that includes swift knockouts of known journeymen such as Raphael Butler as well as fellow English prospect Mike Dallas. His resume includes a clutch of opponents from different countries – also like Fury – except Tyson has been aligning himself with fighters of a slightly higher calibre like Dereck Chisora, Nicolai Firtha and, most recently, Neven Pajkic in a performance that Price regarded to be impressive.

“I give Tyson Fury credit,” he said of the third round knockout of Canadian champion Pajkic. “To get up off the canvas and go on to win the fight takes a lot of heart and courage and I hope he shows the same guts by taking me on, this is a fight that British public want and deserve,” he added in a call-out statement.

Price’s promoter Maloney also witnessed Fury’s savage barnstormer with Pajkic last Saturday, in Manchester, but was left unimpressed and sees a victory for his charge should the BBBoC make Price the mandatory challenger to Fury’s British crown in the event David overcomes McDermott in the new year.

“I know Price carries the ammunition in both hands, so no judges will be needed, just a ref to count to ten,” Maloney stated. “I once resurrected British boxing with Lennox Lewis and took him to the top and I believe I can do the same with David Price. If Mick Hennessey wants to sit down and negotiate a deal for this fight I am more than happy.

“Mick has done a fantastic job with Fury but I am not sure he wants his golden egg cracked,” he said, alluding to the possibility that Fury may vacate the British title, rather than box Price.

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