Sunday 25 February 2018

Boxing: Price is right for Fury before setting sights on Klitschkos

Gareth A Davies

Tyson Fury will put a heavyweight world title fight against one of the Klitschko brothers on hold if British rival David Price is prepared to face him next, his promoter has insisted.

Fury won a landslide unanimous decision over former world title challenger Kevin Johnson in Belfast on Saturday night, his 20th straight career victory, to advance his cause for a heavyweight title shot at the Klitschkos in 2013.

Fury, ranked No 3 by the World Boxing Council, must first wait on Vitali Klitschko's decision on whether he is to continue boxing or go into politics, and on the outcome of the WBC eliminator between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola, scheduled for January 26.

The winner of that fight is mandated to face Klitschko first, with Fury next in line. If Klitschko retires, Fury would face the winner of Arreola and Stiverne for the WBC title.

But Mick Hennessy, Fury's promoter, wants to keep his man busy, and would put him in against Price.

"We asked David Price to step forward if he wants this fight because Tyson's in the driving seat. He was quite vocal after two of Tyson's fights. But when we've asked him to step forward now, lo and behold, nothing," said Hennessy.

"We would put a world title fight on hold for David Price if he stepped up to the table.

"We view Price as still a novice who hasn't really been tested yet. If he's prepared to be sensible, we'll do a proper deal and this fight would happen."

Wladimir, the younger of the Klitschko brothers, holds the three other main world heavyweight title crowns, and talks have also taken place for Fury to face him.

Hennessy added: "We'll wait to see what Vitali Klitschko decides to do, we have the option of a fight with Wladimir fight, too. Mark my words, Tyson could beat any heavyweight in the world."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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