Thompson has eyes on Fury
March, 24, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Seth WenigVeteran heavyweight Tony Thompson wants his chance at shutting the mouth of Tyson Fury.Heavyweight contender Tony Thompson of Washington, D.C. twice shocked David Price, the rising British prospect, with back-to-back knockouts last year in Price's hometown of Liverpool.
He would love a chance to do the same to Tyson Fury, another unbeaten Brit.
Thompson, who twice fought for the heavyweight title but was knocked out both times by Wladimir Klitschko, pulled a mild upset on Saturday in Turkey when he outpointed former title challenger and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis.
Even though Fury (22-0, 16 KOs), 25, has a July 26 rematch on tap with countryman Dereck Chisora, Thompson has an eye on him.
"[Fury] is a loudmouth guy," Thompson said. "He's talking his way into big fights and hasn't done anything. 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."
Cunningham, a former cruiserweight titlist, had Fury in big trouble when they met last April. Cunningham dropped the much bigger Fury in the second round but Fury, 44 pounds heavier, rallied to stop Cunningham in the seventh round.
"[Fury has] just been mouthing off about me and I'm the type of guy if you want to talk that trash, let's do it," Thompson said. "I'm not running from anybody. If he wants to do it, let's do it. Tell [trainer and uncle] 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."
The 42-year-old Thompson (39-4, 26 KOs) surely would have no issue returning to England to fight Fury. Thompson has fought overseas in five consecutive fights -- the rematch with Klitschko in Germany, both fights with Price, a decision loss last summer to Kubrat Pulev in Germany in a title eliminator and then Saturday's win against Solis.
Fury-Chisora is supposed to be an eliminator for a shot at Klitschko, but the winner could be waiting for a while because Pulev is supposed to be the next mandatory challenger to face him.