• Heavyweight

Fury wants Price, then Klitschkos

ESPN staff
December 2, 2012

Tyson Fury is prepared to put a world title fight on hold if David Price agrees to an all-British heavyweight grudge match next year.

Fury beat American Kevin Johnson on points in Belfast on Saturday night, 24 hours after Price had knocked out Matt Skelton inside two rounds on Friday.

Fury's win puts him in line for a shot at the WBC title - either against incumbent Vitali Klitschko, or the winner of January's eliminator between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola, if Klitschko decides to concentrate on his political career.

Price wasted no time in calling out Fury after his victory, and Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy says the deal can be done if both parties are serious about an all-British showdown.

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

"What Tyson has said - and his entire team agrees - is that 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."

As Fury awaits Vitali Klitschko's decision on his future, his team have also been in discussions with Wladimir Klitschko's camp over a possible title fight against the WBA, WBO and IBF champion.

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

"Tyson is up for either of the brothers. We've talked about it being somewhere like Manchester United or at Croke Park. I know from my talks with him they prefer to work with us and do the Tyson fight than any other candidates from the UK at the moment. I know that for sure."

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