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Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury: News conferences fall into chaos



Watch: Fury and Wilder's clash at a pre-match press conference
Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles Date: Saturday, December 1 (local)
Coverage: Listen to full comments, straight from Los Angeles, on Sunday morning, on BBC Radio 5 directly and on the BBC Sport website.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's last press conference were in turmoil when they clashed on stage three days before their heavyweight battle in Los Angeles.

A crowded room watched an oral riding match and, after Fury's words saw Wilder grow much more angry, the couple began pushing it for one face.

Their team was involved, triggering chaos for 60 seconds.

Fury removed his shirt when security interrupted, before the duo and their entourage were cleared from the stage.

What began with the two men who hypnotized the Staples Center staples developed into an exchange of insults, with both men promising KO.

Speaking while barechested to Mike Costello from BBC Sport, Fury added: "I took off my shirt to get involved and make them scared.

"Everyone thinks competition is fake but they can guess again because it's almost exploding again.

"Wilder thinks he needs to spit on my face or whatever he does, yells. He feels pressured, you can see his pressure down there."

What drives the mess?

After the two men left the stage, a reporter could be heard describing the scene as "crazy".

After opening a speech by each fighter, Fury appeared to be growing in the process and was chosen to answer questions, where he questioned why the profile of small American Wilder in his homeland despite his status as WBC world heavyweight champion.

"On Saturday night, the whole world will get to know him as the person who Fury was eliminated," said the 30-year-old Briton.

"Until he has 30 battles, he is protected. This arrogance is not genuine, it is false – profanity and deception. I saw him and did not see bad people, I saw a fraudster."

Wilder – who previously said Fury had made his name in a "small country" – grew louder but remained seated.

But when the couple posed to head to head, 33-year-old Wilder shouted on the face of his opponent, before riots struck the stage.

Analysis – & # 39; Wilder lost it & # 39;

BBC Radio 5 stayed analyst Steve Bunce

We've seen it before, but I'm telling you now, you've never seen it with many sides and nastiness.

Let's finish this, Wilder lost it.

Wilder started shouting on Fury's face

Look from the middle

Like Bunce, the feeling among the media gathered was that Wilder was indeed provoked to lose his temper, and he took the time to rebuild his coldness.

Showtime Boxing & Jim Gray, the man who asked questions on stage, managed to avoid chaos when the fighters faced each other.

He told BBC Sport: "It reaches a crescendo – it goes to the edge, starts to spill but doesn't go to the cliff.

"This is what happened. They face to face, start screaming, get hot and live their own lives.

"The longer you talk to each other in disrespectful things, the adrenaline flows, nothing good will happen."

What happened before the riots?

The hustle and bustle in a large conference room mixes with shock in terms of things that are increasing.

What has been considered the biggest heavyweight battle on US soil since Lennox Lewis overcame Vitali Klitschko in 2003 has seen the two men remain very respectful today.

In such a vast city, it would be wrong to say that the fight has gripped the public to date, although with Friday's weighing reinforced by the fact that it is open to the public, the usual head to the head will now be under a microscope.

The Wednesday press conference came three years after Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko, the victory he said was partly thanks to the game of mind he applied at news conferences in the building.

The Briton referred to the mental health problems he had overcome since then and said it was now his "mission" to represent vulnerable people, insisting he would cripple Wilder.

"I stand as more than a champion – an ambassador for mental health. I am the champion of the people," Fury said.

"I'm not just fighting for me, I have millions of people who look at me.

"I have heard many people say Wilder by KO or Fury with points. I tell you now, Wilder is getting eliminated."

Wilder – who is still screaming when the organizers tried to end the interrogation before facing – said Fury "had his time" in 2015 when he ended Klitschko's 11-year powerless government.

"He has never faced someone with my mindset, with my strength," the 33-year-old told BBC Sport. "I've been doing this for a long time. I know what fear is like, I can identify it. He's scared and should be.

"This is the moment I waited for my entire career. This is the time, my time. Fury has his window.

"Now I'm here. I will be damned if I come and let a man from another country come and upset me what I have built.

"He said he would hit me but I did not believe he would have confidence. He said it but did not believe it. When I said that, you could believe it, my numbers did not lie. I would knock Tyson Fury out."

Both men are expected to be in the ring around 04:30 GMT on Sunday morning in England. Wilder will put his title in the line and look to maintain a perfect 40 match record, while Fury is also unbeaten in 27 contests.


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