Let’s hope the fight is more exciting than the face-off.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder engaged in a near six-minute staring contest at a press conference ahead of their heavyweight boxing blockbuster next month as they gave each other the silent treatment.
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Wilder also remained mute when fronting reporters, refusing to answer questions after rocking up with his headphones on.
Standing opposite one another — Wilder with headphones in place and Fury with his shirt off — the pair gazed into each other’s eyes for almost six minutes as they left it to members of their respective entourages to pick up the trash talking slack.
Security eventually had to step in and separate the boxers.
Longest faceoff ever? I think so. pic.twitter.com/4zbYahJQy1
The stunt didn’t win many fans. Combat sports reporter Chamatkar Sandhu tweeted: “That was one of the worst press conferences for a big time heavyweight boxing fight I’ve ever seen. Wilder refusing to answer questions. A 5 minute staredown with zero intensity. Great job promoting a fight.”
Podcaster and fight analyst Luke Thomas added: “If it goes this long it’s a staring contest, not a face off.”
MMA writer Damon Martin called it a “weird press conference”, saying: “Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder just stared each other down for an uncomfortably long time. Seriously the longest face off in history.”
Fury and Wilder are preparing for their trilogy bout on July 24 after the Brit’s scheduled fight with Anthony Joshua fell through. Their first meeting ended in a split decision draw back in 2018 and last year Fury won via KO in the seventh round.
Unsurprisingly, the Gypsy King is predicting he’ll leave the ring with his arms aloft as he did all the talking in Los Angeles.
Fury was happy to show off some skin. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images).Source:Getty Images
Wilder wasn’t giving anything away. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN/AFP).Source:AFP
“Deontay Wilder’s a one-trick pony, he’s got one-punch power, we all know that, great. But what I’m going to do to Deontay Wilder this time is I’m gonna run him over as if I’m an 18-wheeler and he’s a human being and I guarantee he does not go past where he did before,” Fury said.
“Because before I only had five or six weeks of practising what I was gonna do to him, this time I’ve had 18 months of practising what I’m gonna do to him so I anticipate it’s gonna be like an 18-wheeler running over somebody and that’s what you’re gonna see.
“I’m building my weight up. I’m trying to get up to 300 pounds (136kg) for this fight because I’m looking for a big knockout straight away. I don’t believe he’s mentally, physically, or emotionally involved in his fight. I think he’s doing it for the wrong reasons. When people do things for the wrong reasons they always wind up getting hurt.
“So we’ll see on fight night if I’m a man to my word and if I can run him over quicker than round seven and I think I do, for sure.”
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