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The Price isn't right for Fury; Liverpudlian would beat Tyson, but it's wrong time.

TYSON FURY exceeded my expectations by beating Dereck Chisora for the British heavyweight title, but he has no chance against Wladimir Klitschko.

I thought Chisora would be too much for the Mancunian and predicted he would swarm all over him and take a decision or win by late TKO.

Had "Del Boy" not come in overweight (a staggering 18st 9lbs) I still think that would have been the case.

Watching Fury mug to the crowd and smile at his pals ringside from the third round made me squirm.

He's no Muhammad Ali. He never will be. Nobody in the division has the ability or charisma to match "The Greatest".

Yet on beating the corpulent Londoner, Fury believes he will go on and beat Klitschko, as well as Liverpudlian Champ rival David Price. For my money, Price would dominate the 6ft 9ins plodder over 12 rounds.

I don't want to come across as being bitter towards the guy - it's nothing personal.

But the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion is completely deluded in my opinion.

He produced some dazzling combinations against Chisora, blended with good punch economy and a decent chin.

Yet I still have reservations about him and believe Price is our greatest heavyweight hope when David Haye hangs up his gloves.

Fury sees things differently.

"I think they're trying to build a Klitschko fight now but I'm not going to stay stagnant like Chisora did. I'm going to keep busy," Fury said. "I want to keep busy and I think keeping busy is the most important thing. So I'm just waiting for my hands to heal up, and then I'm going to be back in training and I should be fighting again by October.

"I like taking undefeated records, to be honest. So while we are setting up a Klitschko fight I won't mind fighting Daunte Wilder, or Nazim Patrick the young Canadian champion, or David Price the Olympic bronze medallist.

"There are plenty of undefeated guys out there. I like these undefeated guys. No one can slate them. Everyone has got to say good things when I beat them, so that's what I like."

You see what I mean? Price is the right fight for Fury, but it's possibly the wrong time.

Tyson Fury I don't doubt the Liverpudlian would win, but he should perhaps get another bout under his belt before going for the titles.

Meanwhile, Welshman Gavin Rees defends his European title before Darren Barker faces Sergio Martinez in America on October 1. Rees will fight Derry Mathews at the Newport Centre.

The duo were set to meet in July but a hand injury forced Rees to withdraw from the contest. Mathews gets his shot at the title four months later though, having stopped fellow Liverpudlian Steve Jennings in the sixth round of their fight last Saturday.

Rees claimed the vacant European strap in June with a points win over Irishman Andy Murray, and the Newbridge ace is aiming to defend his title against Mathews before landing a title shot.


Champ Tyson Fury David Price needs another fight under his belt before he goes for the titles
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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2011
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