Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury shoved each other and were separated by security guards at a heated press conference before their high-stakes rematch.
The WBC heavyweight championship will be on the line on Saturday night in Las Vegas and, when Wilder and Fury locked eyes on Wednesday night in front of the media, they quickly put their hands on each other.
After shouting in each other’s faces Wilder pushed his challenger away but Fury returned with an even stronger shove before security flooded the stage.
Fury’s face was covered by a cap, a hood and sunglasses and insults aimed at Wilder included a “big feather duster”.
“Look at him, he’s like a featherweight when I pushed him across the room! Ya little bitch!”, Fury is heard saying.
Wilder was heard to say, “When your eyes are in the back of your head and your veins are pushing out of your neck, we’ll see!”
Former world heavyweight champion Fury, joined by his new trainer Sugarhill Steward, again vowed a more aggressive approach after his draw against Wilder 14 months ago.
Wilder floored Fury twice when they first met but, against the odds, the challenger survived a late knock-down and heard the final bell.
Since then, Fury suffered a major cut during victory over Otto Wallin but Wilder plans to target that same injury.