In the aftermath of the Tyson Fury’s win over Kevin Johnson, it seems that a possible fight between Fury and his big domestic rival, David Price is further away than ever.
In a post-fight press conference, Team Fury were emphatic that David Price would have to “earn the right to fight Tyson Fury” and mocked Price’s level of opponent, lamenting that Price is “over protected" by his “Hobbit” manager, Frank Maloney.
Mick Hennessy mocked the £650k offer from Maloney as attention-seeking. Hennessy was particularly aghast that Maloney offered £650k for the fight, knowing that it was earmarked as a possible stadium fight. And trainer Peter Fury went further, lamenting that he would refuse to deal with Maloney, due to what he described as "all of the offensive comments that Maloney has made in the past" about his nephew and fighter, Tyson Fury.
Peter Fury stated: “Everyone mentions David Price because they are tagging on to Tyson’s shirt tails. David Price is nowhere near Tyson’s level. He is not on world level, if he was – that hobbit Maloney would be stepping him with people like Kevin Johnson. Instead we got an old man in Skelton and he may go to Chisora, who has been beaten endless times since Tyson took his unbeaten record.
“We know nothing about David Price – he’s over protected. Before Maloney comes to the table and discusses any fight whatsoever, we want to see David Price earn his right, like Tyson has earned his right. Can he have a fight with Tyson? Categorically not! Step up and fight a world class fighter and let's have a look at you, earn your chance.”
Tyson Fury reinforced his trainer’s view on the potential Price fight: “I have moved up to WBC number one and Price is the British champion, where is the comparison? This is an eliminator for the WBC (Kevin Johnson fight), this isn’t an eliminator for the Commonwealth title or the British title – I won them two years ago.”
Hennessy suggested a future worthy opponent for David Price. “In fact, Kevin (Johnson) is well known to a UK audience now, he has just went out on terrestrial TV. So if Price is the real deal and it is not a massive payday he is looking for – take this man on (Kevin Johnson).”
Kevin Johnson immediately laid down the gauntlet: “I’ll whip his ass on a one day's notice – that's the notice that the postman will get to go to his front door."