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Fury swerves Price to conquer America

ESPN staff
February 8, 2013
Tyson Fury is planning to take his career Stateside © PA Photos

The chances of David Price and Tyson Fury meeting in the near future have receded with the news the latter has stepped away from purse bids for the fight.

The British Boxing Board of Control ordered the pair to meet and bids were to be opened up next week. However, Fury has set his sights on a world title shot against either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko - and will look to make a name for himself in America to catapult himself up the rankings.

Speaking to boxnation.com, Fury's trainer Peter Fury said: "We wish David Price all the best, but we are going in an entirely different direction.

"We are going to conquer United States and it looks like we will fight Steve Cunningham next, then the winner of Chris Arreola v Bermane Stiverne or Jonathan Banks.

"The aim right now is to get to the No. 1 ranking and then win the world heavyweight title."

Fury could make his Stateside debut in April - with Cunningham the favoured opponent - and Price's promoter Frank Maloney has expressed disappointment at the news.

He said: "It is another great fight that the British public are going to miss out on and that is a shame.

"It is a fight boxing needs, but (Mick, Fury's promoter) Hennessy has informed the board that they are going another route."

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