TONY THOMPSON claims that Tyson Fury ducked out of fighting him recently. The American two-time world heavyweight title challenger did manage to find a Briton willing him to face him and boxes David Price (15-0) in a 12 rounder at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday 23rd February.
Thompson (36-3) has twice challenged Wladimir Klitschko for world titles lasting until the 11th round in July 2008 and six rounds last summer.
The Washington southpaw who is still top ten ranked said: “Tyson Fury’s people came on to discuss a fight and I never heard another word after I said I was up for it and they went for Kirk Johnson instead.
“Fair play to David’s people for taking this challenge because there are other guys who wouldn’t dare step in with me having had just 15 pro fights.
“I have a lot to gain by beating David because he is a top ten fighter. I am the guy supposedly on the way out looking to stay in contention.”
Thompson clearly realises it might be his final opportunity to stay at world level, and has promised Price the toughest night of his professional career so far.
He added: “Frank Maloney has put David in the firing line.
“When Frank offered me the fight it was a great one to take and prove I still belong at the higher echelons of boxing.
“I lost one fight early in my career, but apart from that the only person to beat me is Wladimir and there is no shame in that.
“This is the perfect fight to see if I still belong in the top ten and deserve another title shot.
“It is also the perfect fight for David. He is one of the young lions trying to unseat one of the old lion’s and take his place in the top 4 or 5 and earn his title shot.”
Two British title contests take place on the same bill.
Price’s friend Kevin Satchell (9-0) makes the first defence of his flyweight title against Luke Wilton (13-2-1).
Bristol’s Darren Hamilton (12-2) risks his domestic light-welterweight crown against another Liverpool boxer, Steve Williams (13-1).
Adil Anwar (18-1) who hopes to challenge the winner also boxes and promoter Maloney hopes he will be involved in the fourth 12 rounder on the bill.
Others boxers on the bill include David Burke (26-2), Paul Edwards (9-2), Sean Dodd (4-0), Louis Cuddy (6-0), Neil Perkins (2-0), Steven Lewis (2-0), Andy Colquhoun (5-0) and Peter Gallagher (1-0).
Tickets can be purchased £230 (VIP including meal and inner ringside seat), £95 (Ringside), £70 and £40 at www.echoarena.comwww.frankmaloney.com or 0844 8000 400.
The show will be broadcast live by the home of boxing BoxNation (Sky 437/Virgin 546). Join now at www.boxnation.com. WealthTV will be broadcasting the card live in the United States.
WBO ANNOUNCES REFEREE AND JUDGES FOR THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, FEMALE WORLD TITLE BOUTS IN ARGENTINA
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Friday and Saturday in the world title bouts (Yesica Patricia Marcos vs Marcela Eliana Acuña and Yesica “La Tuti” Bopp vs Marisa Johana Portillo) in Argentina in an Osvaldo Rivero Promotions presentation.
On Friday, January 25, at the Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo in San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina, the WBO superbantamweight champion, Marcos (21-0-1, 7 KOs) will make her second defense against former world champion Acuña (37-6, 17 KOs). For this bout the referee will be Hernan Guajardo, from Argentina.
The judges for the Marcos-Acuña fight are Uruguayans Hugo de Leon and Anibal Andrade, and Jorge Tripodi, from Chile. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Jorge Molina.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, January 26, for the fight between the WBO female junior flyweight champion Bopp (22-0, 10 KOs), who is going to defend her title for the ninth time against Portillo (13-6-2, 2 KOs), the referee will be Anibal Andrade, from Uruguay. This fight will be held at the Polideportivo Municipal Monte Hermoso in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The judges for this bout will be Ramon Cerdan, from Argentina, Jorge Tripodi, from Chile, and Hugo de León, from Uruguay. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jose Graglia.
Argentina TyC Sports will broadcast these two shows.