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29th Nov 2018

It all kicked off at the end of Tyson Fury’s final press conference with Deontay Wilder

The stage got very crowded very quickly

Darragh Murphy

Well, that was inevitable

With both men well aware of the need to give the upcoming WBC heavyweight title fight one last promotional push, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder were always going to get in each other’s face at their final press conference.

After going back and forth on the microphone at Los Angeles’ Westin Bonaventure hotel, Fury and Wilder were squared off with one another and that’s when it all kicked off.

It was all fun and games until Wilder’s finger got too close to Fury’s face for the Brit’s liking and ‘The Gypsy King’ then shoved his opponent away.

A melee ensued while the press conference’s organisers pleaded for calm among the fighters’ camps.

Shane Fury threw his crutches to one side as he rushed the stage in an attempt to back his brother up at the same time as Wilder’s entourage made their presence felt.

Fury relished the scuffle and tore his shirt open to flex for the gathered journalists before calm was eventually restored and the pair were separated for their respective media scrums.

Offering his prediction for how his first title fight in three years will play out, Fury said: “Wilder by knockout or Fury on points, that’s what I keep hearing but I’m telling you now that Wilder is getting knocked out by me on Saturday night.”