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Steve Lillis: Tyson Fury has pulled out of purse bids to face British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price

07 Feb 2013

Tyson Fury has pulled out of purse bids to face British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price, ending hopes of Britain's biggest domestic fight taking place this year.

Tyson Fury

The British Boxing Board of Control ordered the pair to meet and bids were due to be opened next Wednesday.

But Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy has notified the BBB of C that Fury will not be taking the mandated contest against the 6ft 8in Liverpool man.

Fury's trainer Peter Fury said: "We wish David Price all the best, but we are going in an entirely different direction.

"We are going to conquer United States and it looks like we will fight Steve Cunningham next, then the winner of Chris Arreola v Bermane Stiverne or Jonathan Banks.

"The aim right now is to get to the number one ranking and then win the world heavyweight title."

Fury is lining up Cunningham when he makes his Stateside debut in New York on April 20, possibly at Madison Square Garden's theatre venue.

Price's camp were disappointed at Fury's pull-out, but insisted it will not affect preparations ahead of his 12 rounder against former world title challenger Tony Thompson in Liverpool on February 23 - a fight being shown live on BoxNation.

His promoter Frank Maloney had planned a big bid and wanted to stage the fight in June at  Anfield or a London football ground.

He said: "It is another great fight that the British public are going to miss out on and that is a shame.

"It is a fight boxing needs, but Hennessy has informed the Board that they are going another route.

"David is remaining focused in Thompson and we still hope that eventually he and Tyson will meet in a major contest."

It is the second time that Fury has withdrawn from a fight against Price.

The fight was initially made last year when he was British champion, but pulled out minutes before purses bids were due.


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