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Tony Thompson: Fury is an easier fight than Price

Tony Thompson: Fury is an easier fight than Price

22/03/2014 at 21:40Updated 22/03/2014 at 22:07

As he gets ready to face Cuban Odlandier Solis in Istanbul tonight, David Price’s double conqueror Tony Thompson says he is keen to take on Tyson Fury, and reckons the Manchester heavyweight is an easier fight than Price, whom the American stopped twice last year.

The 42 year old veteran believes he can do the same thing to Fury, and questioned the level of competition the Manchester man has taken on so far. 

“He [Fury] is a loudmouth guy, 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,” said Thompson. 

“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,” he stated. 

Before that can happen, Thompson faces Solis for the WBC International heavyweight championship tonight in Istanbul, live on BoxNation. 

“I’m excited [about this fight],” said Thompson. “If Odlanier comes in in good shape I think it will be a good fight for the fans. I’m looking forward to the fight and am excited for the fans and also myself because I can get back in at number two. 

“Solis is a legitimate guy and I can’t afford to take my attention of him for a minute. I’m not thinking of anyone except Solis but once that fight is over I want anyone that is going to get me closer to Wladimir, those are fights I want. The fight with Solis makes me number two in the IBF, that’s one fight away from the mandatory shot again,” he said. 

‘The Tiger’ is coming off a loss to the undefeated Kubrat Pulev, a fight which he says he took at late notice following his victory over Price. Cuban Solis had an impressive amateur career, and his only professional reverse came at the hands of Vitali Klitschko in 2011.

Solis said: “I love Turkey, especially the hospitality of the people here,” said Solis. “And I see the long history as an obligation to deliver a great fight. This country and the whole continent have seen big wars. And the next epic battle is coming up this Saturday. 

“Tony Thompson doesn’t know what’s coming for him. My only goal is to become heavyweight champion of the world. And I won’t let anybody stop me on my way. I will beat Tony Thompson and go on to become world champion.”

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