Heavy-hit­ters sep­a­rated by se­cu­rity at press launch

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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.

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No love lost be­tween box­ers Tyson Fury (left) and Deon­tay Wilder.

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