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Wilder-Fury: Opening Press Conference

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury kick off their press run for their Dec. 1st title fight.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Early this morning — at least if you live Stateside — heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury opened up their press tour as they formally announce their Dec. 1st fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. You can catch the full video of the press event above with some excerpts below.

After the suits spoke their piece, Wilder and Fury took to center stage to pose before sitting down at their respective tables to discuss their thoughts on the upcoming bout.

Tyson Fury on challenging Deontay Wilder for his WBC title:

“Just a little correction there for you — I am no challenger for no man. I am the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. That means I’m the best of the best! The elite champion! So this is two champions colliding. I’m challenging for nothing or nobody. This is equal rights champion versus champion. SO REPHRASE AND START AGAIN, PLEASE! ‘CAUSE I’M NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU JUST SAID.”

Fury on if he’s savoring this moment due to his long hiatus from the sport:

“Do you know what? I’m savoring nothing. The only thing I’m savoring is smashing Deontay Wilder’s teeth in! That’s it! You know, I come here today, all the press has turned up, the world press is here! Showtime, BT Sport, UK and American press. They’re here to see the biggest fight of our generation between two undefeated giants — and boy you gonna get a fight! You’re in for a real treat, don’t worry about that.

“‘Cause I’m in the mood for no messy, and no running around rings and dancing from nobody. No 15 stone man, like I said before in New York, there’s not a 15 stone man on the planet that can beat Tyson Fury. And I will stand and prove what I will do to this idiot! I will punch his face right in, not a problem.”

Deontay Wilder on how important it is for him to establish dominance in the division:

“It’s very important to me. You know, uh, I say so many things in this sport. I say I’m the best, I say I hit the hardest, I say I’m the baddest man on the planet — and I believe every word that I say. When I say I’ma knock a man down and I tell him where he may lay, and how he may lay, it comes to pass. So when it comes to Tyson Fury, I definitely — I’m all about devastating knockouts, that’s what I do!

“I already know what he’s thinking. He know he finna get knocked out. He know he is. So he can hoop, he can holler, he can build himself up, he can build the confidence, and he need to take my advice and speak it, believe it, receive it — it’ll help him out a lil’ bit more. He need to meditate on this situation because he gonna feel pain that he never felt before.”

Fury on Wilder’s comments:

“The only thing is, Bronze Bomber, you big dosser, is you ain’t ready for me. You never have been, you never will be! All your knockout power and 10 men in that ring on the night can’t beat Tyson Fury. I’m gonna make you fuck yourself!”

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