UK News: Fury only too happy to drop Price again; Daws has Lonsdale belt in his sights
Tyson Fury believes that heavyweight newcomer David Price should heed his own advice and issue a restraining order against him if he is to have any chance of making it in the pro ranks. Price has yet to step between the ropes as a pro but the Beijing bronze medallist has accused unbeaten sensation Fury of stalking him. The Liverpool man holds a win over Fury from the amateur ranks and he says he’s keen to continue that rivalry now that he’s about to have his first pro fight under boxer turned promoter, David Haye..
Article posted on 26.03.2009
“A restraining order might be a good idea because if I get within a few feet of him I’ll knock him cold,” said Fury. “What he really needs though if he’s going to do anything as a pro is a chin transplant.
“I had him on the floor in the amateurs when I was a 10 fight novice and just 17 but he says he doesn’t remember that. Maybe he doesn’t want to remember it but I have the fight on tape and would be happy to send him a copy but I’m sure it’s something he would rather forget.
“He could hardly keep upright in the amateurs and that was with big gloves and a head guard on. Imagine if we met now, he wouldn’t get out of the first round. He says he wants to build a rivalry with me and is talking about a 12 rounder for the British title but he’ll never get that far. I think he’d struggle to do 12 rounds of shadow boxing without getting knocked out!
“He’s like a lot of these other British heavyweights coming out with this nonsense about needing to build the fight up. You build a rivalry by getting in there and fighting each other instead of just talking about it. I just hope the fight can happen as soon as possible because let’s face it the first decent fighter he meets is going to knock him out. If he wants it all he needs to do is to pick up the phone to my promoter and we can get the fight on instead of just talking about it.”
Fury is currently preparing for his fifth pro fight on the undercard of the massive Carl Froch and Jermain Taylor WBC World title fight at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut on April 25. “I can’t wait for my American debut, I’ve fought over there in the amateurs and really enjoyed the experience. I’m looking forward to showing American fight fans that there is someone out there who can breathe some new life into the heavyweight division and it most certainly isn’t David Price.”
Daws has Lonsdale belt in his sights
Lenny Daws is predicting that Peter McDonagh will be in for a nasty surprise when they clash for the English Light Welterweight title on a Hennessy Sports show at the York Hall on April 11th.
McDonagh has said that he believes Daws is struggling to boil down to Light Welterweight ahead of their title clash which will be shown live on ITV4 as the chief support to the eagerly anticipated Commonwealth Welterweight title match up between John O’Donnell and Craig Watson.
Daws though is adamant that he has no problems making the 10 stone weight limit. “I’m pretty much on the weight already so if he thinks I have problems he’s in for a shock. In fact once he gets in there with me I think he’ll be surprised at just how strong I am at the weight.”
McDonagh is noted for being a seasoned, durable foe and the Bermondsey fighter is currently in the best form of his career having ended the unbeaten run of Lee Purdy last time out to claim the Southern Area title.
Daws however is going by the old adage that that while form is temporary, class is permanent. “I believe I’m a level above Peter. I remember him from the amateurs and he hasn’t changed much. I’m sure he’ll be well up for the fight and credit to him for stepping up to the challenge and wanting to prove he belongs at this level but I think it’s a step too far for him.
“He’s known as being tough and has a great chin, his only stoppage defeat was on a cut so I’ll be looking to make a statement against him and wearing him down for a stoppage. I’ve been doing 10 and 12 rounds in sparring easy and it’s the best I’ve felt in the gym for a long, long time and I think that will show in my performance.”
The Morden fighter is hopeful that an impressive win in front of the ITV cameras will see him back in the mix for a shot at his old British title. “Every fight is important but I know that a good win here should be enough to get me a crack at my old British title. I wasn’t happy with the way I lost that Lonsdale belt so I’m desperate to get my hands on it again.”
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