Heavy-hitters separated by security at press launch
WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder and Britain’s Tyson Fury had to be separated by security on Monday at their official launch press conference in London for their December 1 fight.
Wilder and Fury, who are both unbeaten, will fight in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, but almost started trading punches after Fury challenged Wilder to show the world a preview of his punching power.
The 33-year-old American has 40 wins to his name with 39 knockouts.
Fury, who is a former world champion after dethroning Vladimir Klitschko in 2015, provoked Wilder. Fury rose from his seat at the BT Towers in London and said: “Can we have a spar now? Let me feel this power from the Alabama slammer. I want to feel the power before he feels the fury!”
When Fury got too close, Wilder shoved him backwards and the two heavy-hitters were pulled apart by security. Wilder responded: “I’m not going to show you because if I hit you now, I can’t have you on December 1.”
“I will squeeze him like a lemon. I picked Deontay Wilder because I believe he’s an easy touch,” said Fury, who has an unblemished record of 27 wins with 19 knockouts.
No love lost between boxers Tyson Fury (left) and Deontay Wilder.