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Thompson: Loudmouth Fury would be easier than Price

ESPN staff
March 24, 2014
Tyson Fury recently lost his cool in a press conference to promote his summer showdown with Dereck Chisora © Getty Images

American veteran Tony Thompson has called out Tyson Fury and insists taking on the unbeaten heavyweight would be an easier fight than David Price.

Thompson, 42, enjoyed successive knockout victories over Price in 2013 but has now turned his attention to the outspoken Fury, whom he believes has not yet proved himself on the big stage.

"He [Fury] is a loudmouth guy, he's talking his way into big fights and hasn't done anything," Thompson said. "At least David Price's people had the gumption and balls to put him in with a live heavyweight. Tyson has never been in the ring with anyone like me.

"All of his opponents pose a threat to him simply because he can't fight. But they haven't put him in there with anyone who is capable of exposing him, although a few people almost did it. If [Steve] Cunningham was a legitimate heavyweight he would have stopped Fury easily. A couple of other guys would have beat his ass.

"He's just been mouthing off about me and I'm the type of guy if you want to talk that trash let's do it. I'm not running from anybody. If he wants to do it, let's do it. Tell Peter Fury, or whoever is running the show there.

"I think it would be a good fight for the fans. He's not that great of a fighter but he's a huge guy and will pose a challenge to anybody but I will expose him easily. As a matter of fact, I think it's an easier fight than the David Price fight."

Fury is currently preparing for a July showdown with fellow Brit Dereck Chisora, with the winner set to challenge Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO belt. The pair exchanged several war of words before Fury flipped a table over during an expletive-filled press conference to promote their bout.

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