Press Release: Three days of a boisterous, tension-fueled international press tour came to a close on Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles when heavyweight giants Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury had to be separated by security after the verbal sparring threatened to turn physical in front of a large contingent of both Wilder and Fury supporters.
In the closing moments of the third-straight press conference ahead of their December 1st showdown at Los Angeles' Staples Center, emotions appeared to boil over as both fighters had to be held back. To watch Wednesdayís press conference in full, visit the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel: https://s.sho.com/2QiGaPg
With the whirlwind press tour in the rear-view mirror, the fighters now have 58 days to prepare for the biggest heavyweight fight on U.S. soil since Lennox Lewis KOíd Mike Tyson in June 2002. Tickets for the event are available now via AXS.com.
Below are flash quotes from todayís event at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live:
DEONTAY WILDER (WBC heavyweight champion)
ďI fought one of the best and I think Iím fighting the next best in line in the heavyweight division, and I do think heís tough. The thing about Tyson, heís mentally tough. Heís the Gypsy King and you know what they say about Gypsies; theyíre traveling people and theyíre fearless people. And thatís why heís the perfect opponent for this situation, for this occasion of bringing the heavyweight division back. So when I knock him out I can say I knocked someone out that was fearless.
ďHeís great for the heavyweight division. Heís charismatic, he can talk, Iíve got a great dancing partner. Heís fearless in the ring and heís got a background of boxing in his blood; heís named after Mike Tyson and all that is great. Itís good that heís from another country so you get to see different cultures, different personalities from the two of us. Youíve got one from America and youíve got one from Great Britain. So thatís going to make it even more pleasurable for me when I knock him out.
ďAll this adds up. This is exciting for me and I canít wait to get back to L.A. What Iím saying is Iím going to knock him out.
ďYou know what I come to do and you know what Iím coming to do December 1. When you come to see fights you come to see somebody get knocked out. Youíre not coming to see 12-round fights. I know youíre coming to see some skills but youíre coming to see this manís body on the canvas and thatís what Iím going to deliver to you.Ē
ďThere isnít a man born from his mother that Tyson Fury is afraid of, and especially not a man who wears pigtails every day. I donít fear anything about him; I donít fear anything he can do.
ďItís a fight. We can do all this stuff on stage, I can walk around here and I can talk as good as any man in the country. But when it comes to a fight, itís going to be a hell of a fight. Deontay Wilder: massive puncher. Me: skillful boxer. Itís going to be an epic night. This is a legacy fight and I do believe thatís true. And after I win, heís going to hire me as his publicist because I do believe I can promote Deontay Wilder back to being heavyweight champion of the world in no time. But thereís no shame in losing to me because I am the greatest boxer of my generation and I canít be beat, especially not by him.
ďThere have been many, many fighters before like Deontay Wilder, but thereís never been a Tyson Fury before in the history of boxing. I know that because I studied the game inside out.
ďIím giving [Wilder] the opportunity to fight The Gypsy King. I have the claim to the throne that goes back years and years so Iím giving him the opportunity to become something.
ďOnly in dreams does Deontay Wilder ever knock Tyson Fury out. Only in his dreams
ďDeontay Wilder needs Tyson Fury but Tyson Fury doesnít need Deontay Wilder. I chose Deontay Wilder as an easy victim. This is going to be the easiest fight of my career.Ē
SHELLY FINKEL (Wilder's co-manager)
ďItís going to be a great fight. Lately, Iíve seen Tyson fury singing the song, ĎThereís only one Tyson Furyí. I think he stole that from Ricky Hatton and you saw what happened to him. I think that trend will continue.Ē
FRANK WARREN (Fury's promoter)
ďI think Tyson is one of the best, heís certainly one of the most colorful heavyweights that has come out of Britain. His skills are sublime, he does the impossible. He went over to Germany, he took Klitschko to school; a good Klitschko. He fought the guy and like he said, heís the lineal champion. He loves the challenge and heís a traveler. Thatís why heís coming to Deontayís backyard. Heís coming to the States, heís fighting one of the most explosive heavyweights in recent years, a guy who can punch. I think styles make fights, and everybody is saying that Tyson is going to be running and Deontay is going to be coming after him. I donít think thatís going to happen; I think on the night, youíre going to see Tyson stand his ground and youíre going to see some serious fireworks take place.
ďThis is a great fight, itís a fight for the fans, itís great to be here in L.A. to do this fight. Itís great that we are in America to bring another Brit over here to take the belt back.
ďThis is the best fighting the best; the two top heavyweights in the world who have stepped up to the plate and made a fight like that.Ē
STEPHEN ESPINOZA (Showtime)
ďWe have a very special event. What makes it so special? Clearly, itís a big heavyweight title fight but thereís a different kind of mystique and buzz for a heavyweight title fight. Weíve got a heavyweight title fight between two elite athletes. Weíve got the hardest puncher in boxing against one of the most skilled boxers in the sport, certainly in the heavyweight division. Itís a fascinating matchup of styles. We have two huge personalities and the two tallest fighters in the heavyweight division.
ďIn a city of big events, we have the biggest of events. L.A. has certainly had its share of big fights Ė Henry Armstrong, Art Aragon, Bobby Chacon, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley Ė theyíve all fought here. And L.A. has even hosted its share of heavyweight fights. Jim Jeffries, Jack Johnson fought here, Muhammad Ali fought here as well. But in terms of major heavyweight title fights in Los Angeles, the list is very short. There have been three Vitali Klitschko fights vs. Chris Arreola, Corrie Sanders and Lennnox Lewis. Thatís it. Four fighters have fought for the heavyweight world title in Los Angeles in its history. This is a rare event in Los Angeles. Not since 2009 have we seen a heavyweight title event in L.A. and in a city of canít-miss events, this is the pinnacle. Thereís more than the WBC title at stake, more than pride, this is about legacy and history.Ē