Whether or not he knew it at the time, Tyson Fury’s David Price fight invitation would become quite famous amongst boxing fans as one of the most awkwardly comical call outs ever.
It was back in 2012 that Fury addressed Price – and the nation – on Channel 5 to let him know that he’d make easy work of him.
Price, despite being British and Commonwealth champion around that time, was just a ‘big stiff idiot’ and a ‘plumber from Liverpool’ to young Fury.
“I’ll fight David Price any day of the week. You see you, you plumber from Liverpool, it’s personal between me and you – and I’m gonna do you some serious harm you big stiff idiot. Also, they’re gonna need ten plumbers to do you when I’ve got finished with you. Also, you are getting it. For sure.”
As British boxing trash talk goes, it’s up there with Derek Chisora’s ‘weird analogy’ about laxatives. Speaking of Chisora, he was graced with a return of the plumber line in a recent interview with Fury ahead of their trilogy fight on December 3.
As Fury was discussing both men having success in the fight and the danger of heavyweight boxing being that either could end up hurt, he plucked the plumber line from the history books.
“Someone call a plumber. That’s what I say. Ask David Price if he’s around.”
And there’s poor David Price is just trying to enjoy retirement.
Fury faces Chisora on December 3 in London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The lead up to the fight, despite the joking above, has been laden with controversy surrounding matchmaking and pay-per-view prices.
Should Fury do his job, and the plumbers on standby do theirs, he’s expected to move towards a bout with Oleksandr Usyk to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.