News April 2019

'A Tyson Fury fight would be easier than David Price', says Tony Thompson


by Amir Rashid


David Price conqueror Tony Thompson has vowed to make easy work of another rising British heavyweight in Tyson Fury.

The American steps back into the ring this weekend in Istanbul, where he faces off against the skilled Cuban Odlanier Solis for the WBC International heavyweight championship, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

The heavyweight veteran, who upset the odds by twice beating the highly touted Price, believes he can do the same thing to Fury and has questioned the level of competition the Manchester man has taken on so far.

ďHe [Fury] is a loudmouth guy, heís talking his way into big fights and hasnít done anything. At least David Priceís 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,Ē said Thompson.

ďAll of his opponents pose a threat to him simply because he canít fight. But they havenít 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,Ē he said.

A fight with the 25-year-old Fury also presents an easier task than the one Price posed and he has called on Team Fury, who are preparing for Dereck Chisora on July 26th, to make the fight happen.

ďHeís just been mouthing off about me and Iím the type of guy if you want to talk that trash letís do it. Iím not running from anybody. If he wants to do it, letís do it. Tell Peter Fury, or whoever is running the show there,Ē said Thompson.

ďI think it would be a good fight for the fans. Heís not that great of a fighter but heís a huge guy and will pose a challenge to anybody but I will expose him easily. As a matter of fact, I think itís an easier fight than the David Price fight,Ē he stated.

First though, the 42-year-old, who has twice challenged for the world title by taking on Wladimir Klitschko and losing, has his eyes fixed firmly on Olympic gold medalist Solis, with the winner being pushed into number two in the IBF rankings.

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

ďSolis is a legitimate guy and I canít afford to take my attention of him for a minute. Iím 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, thatís one fight away from the mandatory shot again,Ē he said.

ĎThe Tigerí 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. Against Solis he will be up against it again as he goes in with a fighter who has a glittering amateur background and only one defeat on his record, that coming against Vitali Klitschko in 2011.

Solis is settling into Turkey well having arrived early and is determined to put on a show for the fans watching around the world.

ďI love Turkey, especially the hospitality of the people here,Ē said Solis. ďAnd 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.

ďTony Thompson doesnít know whatís coming for him. My only goal is to become heavyweight champion of the world. And I wonít let anybody stop me on my way. I will beat Tony Thompson and go on to become world champion,Ē he declared.

Tony Thompson vs. Odlanier Solis is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/490HD & Virgin Ch.546) this Saturday at 8pm. Visit to subscribe.

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