Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s pre-fight world tour brought just about everything we expected.
Threats were made, predictions casted, disrespect was shown from both sides, and ultimately it turned physical.
As the world tour began in London, Fury wasted no time in reminding the world of his 2015 world heavyweight unification triumph against Wladimir Klitschko, as he used that win as to why Wilder can only be an easy night's work come December 1.
While Wilder was keen to speak about his 40 fight win streak, with 39 coming by way of knockout, and his only points win against Bermane Stiverne to pick up his WBC world title, an opponent the ‘Bronze Bomber’ would knock out in their 2017 rematch.
As the world tour moved over to the States, with the two undefeated heavyweights touring New York and Los Angeles, the trash talk and animosity had not changed.
If the two were keen to remind the boxing world of their records and achievements, one thing Wilder frequently mentioned was that he believed Fury’s actions on stage were a sign of nerves.
Wilder said on stage in New York: “He knows what’s going to happen. He knows his face is going to get smashed in. And he knows his body will be on the pavement. Let him burn out this energy. It’s entertaining.
“Because when we get in the ring he’s gonna be all by himself and his demeanour will change. His mannerisms are going to change. He’s so nervous right now. He don’t know what to do with himself.”
However, Fury certainly didn’t agree with Wilder’s theory that he was nervous on stage, and the ‘Gypsy King’ took to Twitter to provide fans with evidence he was feeling no nerves at all.
Fury can be seen laughing and joking, singing along with the rest of his entourage in LA before their final stop on the promotional tour.
With the WBC world heavyweight title match just under two months away, it certainly seems like Fury isn’t feeling the weight of the occasion, despite the claims of Wilder.