Tyson Fury vs David Price next? How likely is it?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Talk about coming full circle...
Remember when Tyson Fury (25-0 18 KO) and David Price (21-4, 18 KOs) were two, young, unbeaten British heavyweights on the same path?
In 2011, they would bicker endlessly with each other as fans argued what would happen should Fury and Price meet in the ring.
The following year, Fury would relinquish his British and Commonwealth Heavyweight title upon learning David Price would be his new mandatory challenger, leaving many to believe Fury was scared to fight his British peer.
The insults between the fighters and comparisons among fans would continue until Pricy was knocked out in back-to-back fights by 40-something Tony Thompson in 2013.
While Price had been stymied, Fury continued to win. And in late 2015, he reached the pinnacle of the sport by upsetting Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight champion.
On the other side, Price would reel off four wins before being KO'd again three months prior to Fury's title-taking effort. And after two subsequent wins, Price would be KO'd in February 2017, beginning a presumed descent into relative obscurity.
Things wouldn't be any better for Tyson who apparently partied too hard after becoming the concensus heavyweight champion. Without making a title defense, Tyson would be forced to relinquish his belts and his boxing license, and would be subsequently suspended while on hiatus to treat a cocaine addiction.
All mentions of a potential Tyson Fury vs David Price had been silenced... Until now.
After over two years of inactivity, Fury is talking about a comeback as the heavyweight division has heated up quite a bit since his departure.
Shannon Briggs has been rumored as a possible next-fight opponent but there's another, perhaps more lucrative, tune-up option that's generating some buzz now.
... Old rival David Price who defeated Fury in the amateur ranks.
”Tyson I’m the last (and only) Englishman to beat you! I know deep down you still want revenge. Now if you don’t mind I’m fitting an en suite,” said Price on his social media site.
Never at a loss for words, Fury chimed back:
”Yes, big Pricy, you were my only real loss in my career Amateur or professional. Would love ❤️ to put it right if I could. Like I said I’m the past they will need 10 plumbers to fix u when I’m done with u.?”
Although David is not nearly as accomplished as Briggs, the previously mentioned next-fight option for Tyson, there's a rivalry and storyline with the two Brits that would make Fury vs Price bigger than Fury vs Briggs.
Does Price have Fury's number just as Vernon Forrest had Shane Mosley's? Not nearly as accomplished as Mosley in the pro ranks, Forrest defeated Sugar Shane in the amateur ranks and twice as a professional.
Would Team Fury risk putting its 6'9" fighter against 6'8" David Price straight away? While Pricy has been KO'd a few times, he still has fine punching power.
Answer: Don't expect Price to be Fury's first opponent on the latter's comeback. There was a reason Team Fury avoided Price in 2012. Not only is there a chance Price has Fury's number, the style match-up and Fury's presumed ring rust would make Pricy too great a threat.
If Price, who was KO'd in his most recent bout, notches a win or two it'll be interesting to see what happens because Fury vs Price would still be huge despite their diverging careers paths over the last 4 years.