Ahead of their much speculated December clash, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have traded barbs as their three-city promotional tour for their heavyweight world title fight hit Los Angeles.
The two boxers seem not to lose any opportunity to scuffle ahead of their fight as they engaged in a scuffle and were separated by their teams at L.A. 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. This is after their press conference was broken up a couple of days earlier as a result of their shove trading.
America’s Wilder brings a record of 40-0 with 39 knockouts to his defense 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 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.
When the shoving started the two were pulled apart.
Wilder acknowledged that it was all good theater — but he never intended to let it go too 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 jeopardize 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 clamoring 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 said he was looking forward to Fury averred that It was going to be an interesting, challenging fight in which both of them will get hit, emphasizing that It was about who can withstand it.