Emotions are running high ahead of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's much-anticipated bout at the Staples Centre on December 1.
Fury's return to the ring following a layoff of nearly 30 months has culminated in a title fight, while Wilder is looking to underline his status as one of the sport's true greats by defending the WBC crown he won almost four years ago.
Already billed as the biggest fight of the year, the pair have exchanged blows, with the American saying that he would have knocked out Fury, even in his heyday, while the Mancunian labelled Wilder a ''one-trick pony'' on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
Even Mike Tyson has been involved in the rhetoric, as Fury expressed anger at his opponent's apparently-disrespectful comments about the former lineal world champion.
The high-intensity build-up continued on Thursday when the 30-year-old expelled a reporter from a press conference at his base in California - before proceedings had even begun.
The Gypsy King identified Elie Seckbach of EsNews in the crowd of media outlets and requested that the YouTuber was removed.
"Get him out of here. I don’t want him around me. He’s a hater. Thank you, Elie. See you in a bit," said Fury.
The Showtime USA press officer attempted to back the journalist, but was quickly interrupted by Fury, who described Seckbach as ''a little w*****.''
It is believed that Fury's response is linked to Seckbach's coverage of the fight, as the reporter has already backed Wilder to defend his WBC title in the fight.
He has also sparked controversy by previously criticising Fury on his YouTube channel EsNews, that has over 626 million views.
Sechback described Fury's 2015 clash with Wladimir Klitschko, in which he won a unified heavyweight title, as 'the worst fight I've seen in my life.'
The 30-year-old's reasoning behind excluding Sechback may, therefore, seem a little less clueless.
The Manchester-born fighter has given an array of interviews and entertained substantial press influence in recent weeks. but is believed to have chosen his training base in California for its secluded nature, in addition to its testing conditions at 7,000 ft above sea level.News Now - Sport News