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‘Back at the Fast Food chain’ – Fury shreds Wilder during stare down

Tyson Fury aimed jabs at Deontay Wilder into at the final news conference before their trilogy fight.

The heavyweight pair meet in Las Vegas this weekend with Fury making the first defence of his WBC world heavyweight title he won off Wilder in 2020.

It soon became tense during the closing statements as Fury insisted Wilder’s legacy was tarnished.

“You’re in denial and you’re getting knocked out. Do yourself a favour and retire from boxing. Your legacy is in bits,” Fury said.

“Even all your excuses have been destroyed. You’re a weak man.”

Wilder rose to the taunts and insisted his opponent had no power over him.

“I don’t have to fight another day in my life, I am good – can you say the same thing? Nervous energy,” he replied as Fury insulted him.

With tensions rising, the face-off was abandoned as Top Rank boss Bob Arum shouted from the side of the stage that there was to be no staredown.

At their last news conference in June, Wilder had kept his headphones on, refusing to answer questions, but this time he was keen to speak, his opening gambit: “I don’t have nothing to prove.”

Wilder, 35, suffered a technical knockout defeat by the 33-year-old Briton 20 months ago, after their first fight was drawn.

The American made a string of bizarre excuses for the loss – the first of his professional career – and insisted Fury “cheated” by tampering with his gloves and that his own ring-walk outfit was too heavy and drained him of his energy.

The American refused to walk back any of his claims and Fury branded his rival a “weak person”.

Fury was clearly unamused by Wilder’s comments.

He said: “I don’t care because it is obviously coming from an unwell person – he accused me of everything, his team, trainer, the suit [he wore on the way to the ring], injuries, the Athletic State Commission of Nevada, the ref – If he had come out with one excuse it might have been believable.

“What it tells me is he is a weak person who I am going to knock spark out on Saturday night.

“He is even copying me, he’s got no T-shirt on today. I am famous for wearing no shirts in press conference – I know I am an inspiring person, but you are supposed to be the Bronze Bomber, do your own thing.”

Fury continued, “He says he wants to do bad things to me and hurt me, for those who hold a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at somebody, they are the ones who get burned. I don’t want to hurt Deontay Wilder, I just want to beat him in a fight.

“Guess what, after this fight you will be back at the fast food chain you were working at early in your career.”

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