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Ruby Walsh aims to win the King George VI on Kauto Stone

'He's not Kauto Star but there'll never be another', says Walsh as he aims for King George VI glory on Kauto Stone



22:45 GMT, 23 December 2012

Ruby Walsh talks to Racing Correspondent Marcus Townend about his attempt to win a sixth King George VI Chase on Kauto Star's little brother Kauto Stone.

Christmas, a time for families. Ruby Walsh hopes that’s the case at Kempton on Boxing Day.

For five of the last six years, the Irish jockey has written ever more remarkable chapters in the King George VI Chase story as Kauto Star made history and ultimately eclipsed the achievements of legendary four-time winner Desert Orchid.

On Wednesday, Walsh will try to write the next one not in stone but on Stone, Kauto Stone, little brother of his horse of a lifetime.

The Christmas king: Ruby Walsh is focussed on fresh challenges as the steeplechasing world has changed

The Christmas king: Ruby Walsh is focussed on fresh challenges as the steeplechasing world has changed

‘He’s not Kauto Star,’ Walsh says with a smile, ‘there won’t ever be another Kauto Star. They’re like chalk and cheese really. Kauto Stone is a different colour and much smaller. But, then again, my brother’s six foot two!’

The 7-1 chance was a grade one winner in France before making the same trip across the Channel last year that Kauto Star made in 2004.

Kauto Stone opened up with a grade two chase win before four defeats, including a flop behind King George rival Riverside Theatre at Ascot in February when Walsh feels he was off colour. That setback dented the horse’s reputation.

But expectations have risen with last month’s win in Down Royal’s three-mile Grade One JNWine.com Champion Chase, a race Kauto Star won twice, when he fended off Flight Lieutenant, the subsequent Hennessy Gold Cup third.

Up for the challenge: Walsh talks to Sportsmail's Racing Correspondent Marcus Townend

Up for the challenge: Walsh talks to Sportsmail's Racing Correspondent Marcus Townend

Walsh, 33, says: ‘Kauto Stone is a decent horse in his own right. He was good when he won at Down Royal (in November). He proved he gets the three-mile trip which is a question mark for some of the others like Cue Card.

‘He was very good in France and at six-years-old, you’d be hoping there is a bit of improvement there. Trainer Paul Nicholls is very happy with him and Paul’s got a great record in the King George. If he’s happy, I’m happy.’

Happiness is not something that has come gift-wrapped in the Kauto Star world in the last fortnight with the public spat between owner Clive Smith and trainer Nicholls as the retired 12-year-old suddenly left the stable.

Walsh is careful not to get drawn into the crossfire.

The pressure is on: Walsh on-board Kauto Stone at Aintree earlier this year

The pressure is on: Walsh on-board Kauto Stone at Aintree earlier this year

‘I’ve been reading about it but my time with Kauto Star finished in March. I will forever love him and be indebted to him but I knew when he pulled up in the Gold Cup that I was finished with him,’ Walsh says.

‘My biggest nightmare had always been standing at the back of a fence holding him and waiting for a vet to come.

‘That didn’t happen so when we pulled up, I felt we had had a good time together.
‘I hope I did him justice, he gave me great days and we parted company on a happy note. I didn’t make a big deal of it because that was (Gold Cup winner) Synchronised’s day.

‘I hate it when the horse that is bowing out overshadows the winner. This game is about winning.’

In the post-Kauto Star era, winning the King George will look possible to all 10 jockeys who line up at Kempton.

The fight to be top staying chaser will continue in the Lexus Case at Leopardstown on Friday, when Flemenstar and Sir Des Champs clash again.

Past glory: Ruby Walsh smiles as he looks at Kauto Star after winning The William Hill King George VI in 2011

Past glory: Ruby Walsh smiles as he looks at Kauto Star after winning The William Hill King George VI in 2011

The landscape has changed, especially for Walsh. Old allies Denman, Neptune Collonges and Master Minded are all retired while Al Ferof, who would have been his King George mount, has a long-term injury.

The rider, too, is back to searching for the new chasing king and he detects vulnerability in 7-4 King George favourite Long Run, the former Gold Cup and King George winner who jousted with Kauto Star in his last two seasons.

The jockey says: ‘Long Run won the (2009) Feltham Novices’ Chase as a four-year-old. He was good at five and six when he won a King George and Gold Cup.

‘Maybe that was his peak, not unlike another French-bred, Master Minded. He was a runaway Champion Chase winner at five, just won at six and not the same at seven. Long Run is still running to a high level of form but not to the level when he won the King George and Gold Cup. Criticism of his amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen is not fair, but life is not fair.

‘When you get beaten you’re wrong. The first person to point a finger at is the guy on his back, be it AP, me or Sam.

‘People are jumping on the bandwagon because he is Mr Sam Waley-Cohen but I don’t agree with it. He is still the guy who won a King George, Gold Cup and Feltham Chase on him.

‘He is not doing anything different. I’d say the difference is the horse, not the jockey.’
But for Walsh, the horse really will be different on Boxing Day. Kauto Stone not Kauto Star.

He says: ‘It is different challenge on a new horse. A different era and a different time. It’s like anything, the more you are attached to it the more it hurts when it is not there and there is uncertainty, I suppose. But life moves on and so will I.’

Like a rolling Stone, maybe.

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Worcester 22 Perpignan 21: Andy Goode settles Amlin Challenge Cup clash

Worcester 22 Perpignan 21: Goode keeps his cool to settle fiery encounter



22:41 GMT, 6 December 2012

Andy Goode kept Worcester's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final hopes alive after a 78th-minute penalty floored French heavyweights Perpignan at Sixways.

In a feisty contest that saw Welsh referee Neil Hennessy sin-bin four players – two from each side – group leaders Worcester prevailed ahead of visiting Pool Two rivals Perpignan on Saturday week.

Former England fly-half Goode scored all the Warriors' points through a try, conversion and five penalties.

Goode show: The Worcester fly half held his nerve at the death

Goode show: The Worcester fly half held his nerve at the death

Perpignan gained a penalty try, a touchdown from scrum-half Florian Cazenave and 11 points from Wales international James Hook, but they were denied during a thrilling finale, even though their losing bonus point could yet prove crucial.

Goode booted two penalties, one from 50 metres, inside the opening 10 minutes, but Perpignan rocked the Warriors from their first attack as Cazenave darted over wide out.

Worcester, though, turned the screw during a dominant second quarter, with Goode kicking another penalty and then converting his own try either side of Perpignan prop Sona Taumalolo being sin-binned.

The Warriors' scrum pressure took its toll, but Hook clawed Perpignan back into it through a drop-goal on the stroke of half-time.

Fiery clash: Four players were sin-binned at Sixways

Fiery clash: Four players were sin-binned at Sixways

Fiery clash: Four players were sin-binned at Sixways

And when he slotted two penalties during a seven-minute spell after the break – the second following a yellow card for Worcester flanker Neil Best – Perpignan were on top.

A penalty try arrived 16 minutes from time after Worcester prop Ceri Jones was sin-binned, yet Goode's fourth successful penalty set up a tense finish with Warriors 21-19 adrift.

Perpignan looked as though they had done enough to retain their advantage despite wing Adrien Plante being yellow-carded for taking out Worcester full-back Chris Pennell in the air. Goode though, had other ideas.

Tyson Fury to return to ring at Madison Square Garden, New York

Fury puts Price clash on ice as heavyweight announces New York return to ring in March



20:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

Tyson Fury will return to the ring on March 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Fury’s uncle and trainer Peter Fury took to Twitter tonight to confirm the date and claimed world-ranked heavyweights Tomasz Adamek, Chris Arreola, Bermane Stiverne and Johnathon Banks were possible opponents, as well as former WBO champion Shannon Briggs.

Peter Fury tweeted: ‘Tyson next out Madison square Garden march 17th. Training camp Canada starts jan 14th. Poss opponents Adamek” Arriola Stiverne Banks. Briggs.’

On ice: Tyson Fury will fight in New York on St Patrick's Day 2013

On ice: Tyson Fury will fight in New York on St Patrick's Day 2013

Fury maintained his unbeaten record with a straightforward points win over Kevin Johnson in a WBC eliminator last Friday and has since resumed hostilities with British and Commonwealth champion David Price.

Price’s manager Frank Maloney offered 650,000 to make the fight, but Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy described the bid as a ‘joke’.

Fury’s Madison Square Garden date will come exactly a year after his proposed debut at the ionic venue fell through.

Paul Nicholls to stick with running Silviniaco Conti in Betfair Chase despite Haydock ground fears

Nicholls to run Silviniaco Conti in Betfair Chase despite Haydock ground fears



18:57 GMT, 21 November 2012

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls looks certain to stick to Plan A with Silviniaco Conti representing him in Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock despite fears the race will be run in testing ground.

Nicholls also has stamina-packed Tidal Bay entered in the three-mile chase but the intention is to keep him for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury a week later.

Haydock avoided the torrential rain that fell in the south on Wednesday, prompting the abandonment of Warwick plus today’s meetings at Hereford and Wincanton.

Ground fears: Silviniaco Conti will run at Haydock

Ground fears: Silviniaco Conti will run at Haydock

But 12mm of rain is predicted for the Merseyside track on Thursday, with further showers on Friday.

Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: ‘We’ve had 7mm in the last 24 hours but it will be a wet day tomorrow. There won’t be a problem with us racing but it’s going to be soft at best and, if we get the worst of it, heavy.’

The latter scenario would be the most testing conditions the Charlie Hall Chase winner Silviniaco Conti has ever faced, although the six-year-old won the 2010 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow on soft ground.

Sticking to his guns: Paul Nicholls

Sticking to his guns: Paul Nicholls

Nicholls, who has won four of the seven runnings of the Betfair Chase with recently-retired Kauto Star, said: ‘I will keep monitoring the situation but I don’t think it will be a problem for Silviniaco Conti. I am not thinking of running him in the King George so don’t have to worry about effecting his chances in that race.

‘You can keep saving them but what for There is going to be a lot of soft ground about and this is a 200,000 grade one race.

‘It is also to our advantage that Silviniaco has had a run – I can’t think that they’d want heavy ground for Long Run.

‘I’ve just got a feeling that Tidal Bay will run really well in the Hennessy. It looks certain to be a real test of stamina at Newbury.’

Despite the ground question mark over Silviniaco Conti, he continues to be supported with Ladbrokes cutting him to 2-1.

They and sponsors Betfair report little support for Nicky Henderson’s favourite Long Run.

The 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is a longer price on the exchange (13-8) than he was before Tuesday’s injury withdrawal of Imperial Commander.

James Degale beats Hadillah Mohoumadi on points

Golden boy Degale made to work for points win over Mohoumadi

Martin Domin


22:28 GMT, 13 October 2012



22:38 GMT, 13 October 2012

James Degale celebrated the start of what he hopes will be a new chapter in his career with a hard-fought points win over Hadillah Mohoumadi to retain his European super middleweight title.

On a night when Britain's only other Olympic gold medallist in the professional ranks was sent crashing to the canvas in Liverpool, Degale made no such mistake in front of a raucous crowd in Kent.

The 26-year-old was fighting on home soil for the first time in 12 months and looked impressive in flashes against his French opponent in what was his debut under new promoter Mick Hennessy.

In control: James Degale beat Hadillah Mohoumadi easily on points

In control: James Degale beat Hadillah Mohoumadi easily on points

A tentative opening round was punctuated by single shots from both men but Degale landed the more telling blows and started to find his timing towards the end of the stanza with some penetrating combinations.

The former British champion, whose only defeat came at the hands of bitter rival George Groves, also had the better of the second round.

Degale raced out of his corner in the third and landed a flurry of blows that looked to have Mohoumadi in trouble. But the 32-year-old had never previously been stopped and withstood the barrage.

Despite his dominance, Degale allowed himself to be backed up against the ropes too often, trading unnecessarily. He was still landing the more eye catching shots however against an opponent who was nothing if not durable.

Made to work: Degale was taken the distance by Mohoumadi

Made to work: Degale was taken the distance by Mohoumadi

Degale landed a crunching left hand in the fifth round that rocked Mohoumadi's head back but again he showed he was teak tough. Into the sixth session and Degale, whose face had reddened, appeared at times to be feeling the pace in what was his first outing since April.

The champion remained the dominant force in the opening exchanges of round seven however and caught Mohoumadi flush several times with powerful left hands.

By now the rounds were following a familiar pattern with the home favourite landing more effectively but without the cutting edge needed to end the contest early. The expectant crowd were on their feet on more than one occasion but were left with nothing to celebrate.

Mohoumadi had by now earned Degale's respect and rather than surrender, he instead maintained an impressive work rate and had even opened a small cut around Degale's left eye by the penultimate round.

The pair traded blows in a barnstorming final stanza despite Degale needing just to reach the final bell to retain his title.

He did just that, winning by unanimous decision as the judges scored the contest 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112.

James Degale wants world title

Degale determined to realise world title dream after switching promoters



14:42 GMT, 21 September 2012

Forgotten man James Degale is desperate to put a miserable year behind him and establish himself as one of the best super-middleweights in the world.

The 26-year-old Londoner has endured a frustrating spell on the sidelines since defending his European title against Italian Cristian Sanavia in April.

But having parted company with Frank Warren to join forces with Mick Hennessy, Degale is confident he can get his career back on track.

Cruise control: James Degale beat Cristian Sanavia in Denmark in April

Cruise control: James Degale beat Cristian Sanavia in Denmark in April

‘I’ve made my break from Frank Warren and I’m looking forward to the future.’ he told Sportsmail. ‘I spoke to some promoters in England and a couple from overseas before I chose Mick Hennessy.

‘I think I’ve made the right choice; he’s on terrestrial television and he’s been there and done it. He took Carl Froch to his world title so he knows the super-middleweight division inside out.’

Degale returns to action when he defends his belt for the second time at Bluewater in Kent on October 13.

‘I can’t wait to get back in the ring,’ he added. ‘I’ve been so inactive; to have had one fight this year is crazy. I need to be boxing four or five times a year.

‘I’ve been promised fights and shows have been cancelled. There has been a lot of rubbish in the background that people don’t see.

‘To be honest, I can’t say too much because I end up getting in trouble so I’m going to keep quiet. One day I’ll be able to tell the whole story.’

Degale, who expects to fight twice before the end of the year, continues to work with Jim McDonnell at his private gym in Lougthon, Essex.

And he is confident the change of promoters will return him to the public eye.

Olympic champ: Degale with the torch

Olympic champ: Degale with the torch

‘No disrespect to Box Nation, but because I won the European title on that channel, I’m not sure many people saw it; people think my last fight was against George Groves but I’ve had two since then,’ he said. ‘Now that I’m going to be on terrestrial television, hopefully it will boost my profile.’

Degale shot to fame after winning Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008 and made his professional debut the following year.

He won ten fights in succession before losing a contentious majority defeat to bitter rival Groves in May 2011.

But he bounced back immediately to edge the decision against Piotr Wilczewski to win the European strap.

And despite his lengthy lay-off, Degale insists he can reach world level sooner rather than later.

‘I’m very, very confident,’ he said. ‘I’ve been a professional for four years, that’s all. It feels like I’ve been around forever because I’ve been fast-tracked. I’ve been British champion and European champion and there was talk of me boxing for a world title.

‘My plan was to box for a world title this year but that hasn’t happened so it’s knocked my plans back by six to12 months,’

In joining Hennessy, who also looks after heavyweight Tyson Fury, Degale will be in the same stable as Chris Eubank Jnr with whom he had a spat earlier this month.

Eubank Jnr claimed he ‘schooled’ Degale during a sparring session but the elder fighter was keen to set the story straight.

‘It’s all a publicity stunt,’ he insisted. ‘Over a year ago he sent me a Facebook message saying he’s not my friend and that in a couple of years he’d be my rival.

‘He said I should carry on being brash and that our fight would be massive; he kept going on and on.

‘A year later he turned professional
and he’s come down to spar me and I’m doing him a favour. I’m moving him
about [in sparring] but he says he schooled James Degale.

Rivalries brewing: Chris Eubank Jnr (above) and George Groves (below)

Rivalries brewing: Chris Eubank Jnr (above) and George Groves (below)

George Groves lands a punch on James DeGale

‘It’s all a publicity stunt. Professionals don’t do that; he lives on a different planet. He’s a five-fight novice and he’s fighting on my undercard.’

Degale’s rivalry with Groves meanwhile has festered since the pair were amateurs. Groves beat his gym-mate in 2005, a result Degale continues to question, but it was the loser who went on to receive greater acclaim, culminating in his Olympic triumph. A third fight appears inevitable.

‘If the British public demand it and we’re in a position where we have to fight, it will happen,’ Degale confirmed. ‘Imagine me and George Groves on Channel 5; that would be massive.

‘To be honest, he has to be a bit more active. He’s given up his British title and I don’t know where his career is going.’

As far as Degale is concerned, his own career is finally heading in the right direction.

‘It’s exciting times,’ he concluded. ‘This is a fresh start and by next year I’ll be on the verge of boxing for a world title.’

James Degale joins Hennessy Sports

Degale switches to Hennessy stable in bid to get career back on track



14:59 GMT, 20 September 2012

James Degale has split fromFrank Warren to link up with Hennessy
Sports and will defend his European super-middleweight title on October 13.

The 2008 Olympic gold medallist has been out of action since
stopping Italian Cristian Sanavia in April.

But the 26-year-old is looking forward to getting his career
back on track with promoter Mick Hennessy, who also looks after heavyweight Tyson

All change: James Degale has switched to promoter Mick Hennessey

All change: James Degale has switched to promoter Mick Hennessey

Degale has fought just twice since losing his British and Commonwealth titles to bitter rival George Groves in May 2011 but the London fighter will headline a show at Glow in Bluewater in Kent next

‘I am over the moon with my new long-term promotional deal
with Hennessy Sports,’ he said. ‘ I can't wait to get back in the ring on
October 13 and show the millions of viewers on Channel 5 what I’m all about.

‘The new beginning is a thrilling prospect, so watch this space.’

Hennessy added, ‘I’m very excited to have signed a brilliant
young talent like James Degale.

Sore one: Degale's only defeat came at the hands of rival George Groves

Sore one: Degale's only defeat came at the hands of rival George Groves

‘To travel to China
to fight on away turf and be the only Brit to capture an Olympic gold medal in
such difficult circumstances was an amazing feat.

‘To already be
European Champion after only 13 fights is also an amazing achievement, our goal
is to nurture and enhance James extreme talent to the highest level and for him
to become not only a genuine world champion but also a cross-over star

Chris Eubank Jnr and Kid Galahad will also feature on the
card, along with Phil Fury, Tyson’s cousin.

Seve Ballesteros would be proud: First hole-in-one on 10th at the Belfry

Seve would be proud! Amateur hits historic hole-in-one on famous 10th at the Belfry



12:36 GMT, 13 March 2012

A hole known to millions of golf fans around the world – the 10th on the Brabazon course at The Belfry – has finally produced its first ace.

Welsh three-handicapper Dan O'Connor has done what Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and so many other superstars failed to do by hitting his tee shot over the water and into the hole for an albatross on the famous par four.

Legend: The great Seve Ballesteros was the first to drive the green in 1978

Legend: The great Seve Ballesteros was the first to drive the green in 1978

Water sight: The famous 10th hole on the Brabazon course at the Belfry

Water sight: The famous 10th hole on the Brabazon course at the Belfry

The hole measured 301 yards on the day and the 19-year-old from Maesteg said: 'It's my first hole-in-one and definitely the highlight of my golfing career so far.'

Since its opening in 1977 the hole has figured in four Ryder Cups and 11 European Tour events.

A plaque was laid down after Seve Ballesteros became the first just to hit the green when playing against Nick Faldo in the 1978 Hennessy Cup.

VIDEO: Seve shows how to drive the 10th green at the Brabazon

Dereck Chisora v Vitali Klitschko LIVE

LIVE: Dereck Chisora v Vitali Klitschko – round-by-round coverage of the big fight

Dereck Chisora goes head-to-head with Vitali Klitschko in tonight's heavyweight showdown.

You can keep
track of all the latest news and pictures from Munich as Sportsmail brings you unrivalled coverage.

Chisora bids to snatch the WBC title from Klitschko in what would be one of the biggest upsets the sport has ever seen.

Email your thoughts on the big fight to [email protected] or via Twitter @martin_domin

10.10pm: Chisora is saying his prayers in his dressing room and is now entering the arena…

10.05pm: Meanwhile, in Munich, the singing is over and we should be seeing some boxers in the ring real soon.

10.03pm: Kid Galahad faces Jason Booth in Sheffield tonight. I'll keep you in the loop with that one, and Chris Eubank Jnr's second pro bout.

10.02pm: Meanwhile, in Sheffield, Mick Hennessy says Tyson Fury will fight Martin Rogan in Belfast on April 14.

10.01pm: Christina Perri is singing her latest single 'Jar of Hearts'. Can't imagine this happening in York Hall, Wembley or any of our arenas.

10.00pm: Mark Colverson has emailed in: 'Look at the eyes on Chisora when he slaps Klitschko – he's right in the zone! Either he's a mentalist or he knows something we don't!'

9.55pm: The WBC confirmed that Chisora will be fined for his slap and will likely have to forfeit 30,000. Apparently he is on 100,000 for the fight so will be taking quite a bit less home to London.

9.53pm: We're around 15 minutes from the first bell. Next up is some pre-fight entertainment, German style.

9.51pm: My Sportsmail colleague Riath Al-Samarrai has laid down a challenge to Chisora: 'I'm fairly sure I could beat Chisora. Points, most likely, but quite a wide margin. Probably.'

9.50pm: Chisora reckons he will knock Klitscko out in the eighth round. This is a man who has won 43 of his 45 fights and who hasn't been knocked down. His only defeats came to Lennox Lewis and Chris /02/18/article-2102563-11C887EB000005DC-103_634x408.jpg” width=”634″ height=”408″ alt=”Slap! Chisora took a swipe at Kiltschko at the weigh-in on Friday” class=”blkBorder” />

Slap! Chisora took a swipe at Kiltschko at the weigh-in on Friday

9.21pm: Panic over, the fight goes ahead. It remains to be seen how Chisora has been affected mentally however. He can't have too many complaints after his slap.

9.20pm: For
a fight that wasn't generating a whole lot of interest, it has suddenly
leapt into the limelight. David Haye is saying the Klitschkos do this
on a regular basis and that Vitali did a similar thing before his fight
with Wladimir.

9.18pm: It seems to be an issue with the way tape is attached and the fight could well be delayed.

9.16pm: Chisora has threatened to pull out of the fight if he can't wrap his hands as he wants.

9.15pm: More from backstage and Wladimir got into Chisora's dressing room and objected to the way his hands were being wrapped.

9.12pm: We've
had some underwhelming undercard action tonight but Liverpool's Stephen
Smith returned to the ring with a first-round stoppage over Arpad Vass.
Smith had lost his Commonwealth and British titles to Lee Selby last

9.10pm: Bit
of drama backstage. Wladimir Klitschko claims he is the official
inspector and needs to check Chisora's hands but promoter Frank Warren
is having none of it.

9.08pm: I'll also update you on Chris Eubank Jnr as he takes to the ring for the second time in his professional career against Jason Ball in Rotherham.

9.07pm: What are your thoughts on Chisora's antics Personally I think he was stupid and showed a lack of respect to someone who could well blast him out of the ring tonight. Get in touch using the email address above or send me a tweet.

9.05pm: We are expecting the two fighters to touch gloves at 10pm at which point we will see if there will be any reaction from Klitschko to Chisora's slap at the weigh-in yesterday.

9.00pm: Welcome to Sportsmail's live round-by-round coverage of Dereck Chisora's heavyweight clash with Vitali Klitschko in Munich.

Upset: Dereck Chisora (right) has promised to KO Vitali Klitschko in the eighth round in Munich

Upset: Dereck Chisora (right) has promised to KO Vitali Klitschko in the eighth round in Munich

Tyson Fury relinquishes British and Commonwealth belts

Fury relinquishes British and Commonwealth belts in pursuit of world title fight

Tyson Fury has vacated his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles to end hopes of an all British showdown with David Price.

Fury, who was last seen recovering from a knockdown to beat Neven Pajkic inside three rounds, will now pursue a world title fight.

Price became the mandatory challenger when he destroyed John McDermott in just 73 seconds in Liverpool last month.

It had been anticipated that Fury and Price would meet in May in a long-awaited domestic dust-up that would have breathed life into the ailing division.

Bold ambition: Tyson Fury wants a world title fight

Bold ambition: Tyson Fury wants a world title fight

But Fury, 23, claimed the Price camp turned down an offer of 100,000 earlier this week.

'It's been an honour to have won and held both the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, but as I'm now currently No 7 in the world it's time to move on,' he said.

'If Price really believed he could beat me the smart move in my opinion would have been to take the great pay day that was offered by my promoter to appear on terrestrial TV.

'I'm really excited about my future plans as I'm doing things differently and currently training like a Trojan in pursuit of becoming heavyweight champion of the world.'

Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy is already looking to the future after confirming the decision.

'We have a great schedule in place for Tyson on Channel 5 and I'm not prepared to have that affected by other promoters, purse bids and titles,' he said.

Looking to the future: Fury's camp claim Price turned down a 100,000 offer to fight

Looking to the future: Fury's camp claim Price turned down a 100,000 offer to fight

'Fury v Price was a quality fight and in my opinion it should go out to the widest possible audience.

'That's why I offered 100,000, which unfortunately was rejected by his promoter Frank Maloney on Monday.

'Tyson's next steps and further information will be announced over the next few days.'

Maloney, meanwhile, had been confident the fight would go ahead.

‘I learned all about the political maneuvering in boxing when taking Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight championship,' he said earlier this week.

'The Commonwealth mandatory makes it impossible for Tyson to avoid David without dumping both his titles.

‘But that’s just our insurance, because I’m sure Tyson would not want to lose face like that.

'I have to say that I respect him and fully expected him to defend his British title anyway.'