David Haye and Tyson Fury met for the first time on Thursday ahead of their heavily anticipated showdown later this year.
The bout, being labelled in some quarters as the ‘Battle of the Boasters’ will take place in Manchester on September 28.
Unsurprisingly it didn’t take the pair long to begin their verbal sparring as Fury declared upon entering: “Round of applause for Mr Haye for turning up. The chump has arrived.”
The fight, which has been a few months in the making, will reportedly earn both boxers £5million each and is arguably the biggest all-British fight available at the moment.
Former world heavyweight champion Haye, who lost his belt after being soundly beaten by Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, began a little way off his usual trash-talking self.
He said: “I think he deserves a shot. He has a string of wins, a good ranking. My aim is to regain the title and this will help me get there.
"I am getting back in the ring with a big strong lad and it will bring the best out of me.”
He went on to say: “I am happy to give him his opportunity and a nice big payday,” before warning, “I think it will be his last fight at this level.”
In a fashion that is typical of his character, Fury was less than flattering with his response.
He retorted: “He fought Nikolai Valuev, John Ruiz, Audley Harrison, Wlad the robot (in reference to Wladimir Klitschko). He couldn’t hit a robot. Good work, sir. You are a stepping stone, sir.
"I have a little fly swatter, sir, and you will get flattened. I will prove I can. You are nothing but a little girl.
“You are getting knocked sparked out. I’m not running around, I am here to fight.”
The conference continued in such a manner for the rest of its duration, with Haye jibing: “He has been known to miss opponents and hit himself.”
This of course referring to a famous YouTube clip of one of Fury’s early bouts where he punched himself in the face after an attempted uppercut.
When it was time for photos, Fury made a mock of proceedings, first of all staying seated before standing on a chair to further emphasise his massive height advantage.
Haye to his credit remained cool and collected, perhaps demonstrating a more experienced side to his game.
Whatever the outcome on September 28, it’s quite a safe assumption to presume the build-up will be every bit as enthralling as the fight itself.
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