Wilder and Fury pump up vol­ume

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

DEON­TAY Wilder and Tyson Fury were at it again on Wed­nes­day, push­ing and shov­ing and trad­ing barbs as their three-city pro­mo­tional tour for their heavy­weight world ti­tle fight hit Los An­ge­les.

Two days af­ter their Lon­don press con­fer­ence was bro­ken up af­ter they traded shoves, the two scuf­fled again and were sep­a­rated by their teams at LA Live’s Novo Club – just a stone’s throw from the Sta­ples Cen­ter where they’ll bat­tle for Wilder’s World Box­ing Coun­cil heavy­weight world ti­tle on De­cem­ber 1.

Amer­ica’s Wilder brings a record of 40-0 with 39 knock­outs to his de­fence against Fury, the 30-year-old Bri­ton who for­merly held the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion, World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion and World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion belts – now held by Bri­tain’s An­thony Joshua.

Fury, un­beaten in 27 pro­fes­sional fights, made his come­back ear­lier this year af­ter a near two and a half year ab­sence.

He was un­stint­ing with his in­sults on Wed­nes­day, urg­ing Wilder to clean his teeth as he an­i­mat­edly walked the stage.

“Your breath stinks!” he said. “Brush your teeth, mate, brush your teeth.”

Ver­bal jabs from both were lost as they shouted over one an­other, stand­ing nose to nose.

‘Feel­ing the pres­sure’

When the shov­ing started, the two were pulled apart. Wilder ac­knowl­edged that it was all good theatre – but he never in­tended to let it go so far.

“Who on stage is go­ing to be able to hold two big fighters back?” he said.

“If I want to, I’m go­ing to get you. But then you jeop­ar­dise the fight, and I don’t want that.”

The fight will be the first US pay-per-view ap­pear­ance for both fighters, and Joshua (21-0 with 20 knock­outs) will be un­der pres­sure to fight the win­ner next April when he has a re­served date at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium.

Wilder, shaken up be­fore pulling off a 10th-round stop­page of Cuba’s Luis Or­tiz in March, says he’ll be the cham­pion fans are clam­our­ing for Joshua to meet.

“He’s feel­ing the pres­sure,” Wilder told the Los An­ge­les Times of Joshua. “When I beat Fury, it’ll be a hell of a lot of pres­sure.”

In the mean­time, Wilder told the Times, he’s look­ing for­ward to Fury.

“It’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing fight,” Wilder said. “We’re each go­ing to get hit. It’s about who can with­stand it.”

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