The pair weren’t allowed to participate in a pre-fight face-off at last night’s press conference due to security concerns, but will go face-to-face at the weigh-in tomorrow
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will be allowed to face-off at their weigh-in on Friday.
The pair were prevented from doing so at their final press conference yesterday, owing to security concerns after they traded brutal verbal jabs at one another.
But it has been confirmed that the pair will be give the go-ahead tomorrow after they tip the scales for their world heavyweight title trilogy fight.
Reporters were told before the event that there wouldn’t be a face-off yesterday, and were shocked when host Kate Abdo appeared to indicate that it would in fact take place.
Abdo’s call for the fighters to go face-to-face infuriated Top Rank Boxing boss Bob Arum, who said that the fight could have been put in jeopardy if the duo got too close to one another.
“They bring this woman in from the UK and she’s slanting all the press conference to Wilder,” Arum said in a foul-mouthed rant towards Abdo after the event.
“Like I don’t give a damn, but it’s obvious what she was doing – and then, she knew that the understanding was: no face-off.
“[Promoter] Tom Brown argued with FOX, no face-off. We said, ‘No face-off’ and what does she say? ‘Now we’re going to do a face-off?’
“F*** her. And f*** them. There was no face-off and we saved the fight.”
Fury has insisted that the face-off would have descended into violence had the pair been allowed to square up to one another.
He told reporters of the situation: “What I made of it was he ran off the stage and didn’t want to face me. Man to man, he was not willing.”
Fury jokingly said Warren thought he was going to “chin” Wilder and that he would have “nutted” the American if they did come face-to-face.
Warren told Queensbury Promotions he feared the worst when Abdo called for the face-off as if Fury and Wilder came to blows it could have scuppered their trilogy.
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“I jumped up. There’s no one there! So these two guys just no at it, you know what’s going to happen.
“No one’s going to give any ground suddenly it’s going to happen and you’ve got no fight.
“It’s madness. I really didn’t get that and I was quite disappointed from that perspective.”
But Wilder has defended Abdo, saying that Arum should not have disrespected the British-born TV host.
“If it’s f*** her, then you know it’s f*** him,” Wilder joked in an interview with Blue Blood Sports TV. “He can’t get mad because it didn’t go their way, because he wanted her to be like their Crystina [Poncher, who hosts Top Rank events on ESPN], but it wasn’t like that.
“She was very straight forward and that’s how it should be, she was no more on my side than their side she was in between which is how it should be.”