Saturday, 1 December 2012
01/12/2012 Great weekend for Fury and Price
I would firstly like to start off by saying this weekend has shown the very best of both David Price and Tyson Fury, but for completely different reasons. Price knew he had to make a statement against Matt Skelton as he was highly criticised for taking a fight with a 45yr old potentially in his last fight. Fury on the other hand had to stay composed and focused against American Kevin Johnson who has only ever lost 2 of his professional fights.
Both men lived up to their promises and got the job done, It took Price just 2 rounds to reduce Skelton to his knees with some destructive body shots. He came out the blocks like he has done in his last few fights and looked so much more stronger and faster than his opponent and the intention was set by the end of round 1, finish this fight as soon as the opportunity arises. And that's what Price did, recognising Skeltons strength was his incredible chin, he went to work downstairs with some hard shots to the body, and it was a great right hand that left Skelton looking up at the referees 10 count and maybe drawing a close to his career.
Furys task was slightly different and also slightly tougher, he was in the ring with a man that had only ever lost to Tor Hamer from the SkySports Prizefighter final and World Heavyweight Champion VItali Klitschko. Fury knew from the opening bell he would have to outbox Johnson and not get complacent, working the jab from distance and not committing himself on the inside, this would have left himself venerable to Johnson. The fight at times became stale and produced moments of frustration for the Belfast crowd who found themselves booing their man, but Fury didn't let that upset his game plan and continued to handle Johnson from distance. It was enough for a unanimous decision from the judges, leaving Fury in prime position for a number 1 contenders spot at Vitali's Heavyweight crown.
Both men have performed at a top level this weekend but 2 question marks still hang over them, could they take on and beat one of the Klitschko brothers, and ultimately... could they beat each other?