It is now less than a week until we see Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder step into the ring in LA, and the mind games are in full flow.
Both fighters have been very vocal in backing their abilities during the build-up, and the boxing world will have its full focus on the Staples Centre to see who delivers on their claims.
The pair will be contesting the WBC heavyweight title, the only one that Anthony Joshua does not hold, and, as if this fight wasn't big enough already, Fury has added more fuel to the fire by claiming that both himself and Wilder could defeat Joshua.
“Without being biased towards the British guy, I think Wilder’s all wrong for Joshua,” the Gypsy King told the Telegraph.
“He’s very tall and rangy, and he’s got dynamite in his hands. And Joshua, if you throw five punches, you'll probably hit him with four.”
The 30-year-old then gave a breakdown of Joshua’s style and why Wilder would be too much for him.
“He blocks with his hands. He’s got the classic style of defence where he catches and counters. He walks forward. With someone like Wilder you can’t afford to stand there and take them punches. Because no matter how strong you are, he’ll get them shots through.
“Whoever wins between me and Wilder will then go and fight Joshua and be victorious. Not because Joshua is terrible, but me and Wilder are all wrong for Joshua.”
While Fury’s focus seems to be on events after his bout with Wilder, the Bronze Bomber’s attention is very much fully on Saturday.
The big news in the past couple of days coming out of Fury’s camp was his link-up with world renowned trainer Freddie Roach.
Roach has previously trained fighters such as Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson and has been added to Fury’s team to provide that final push before the fight.
However, Wilder has had his say on this partnership, saying that it shows fear.
“They can instruct him, motivate him but there’s only one man in the ring. It ain’t no team thing. When you get multiples of trainers, for me it’s nervous behaviour,” the American stated.
“They can have tall guys, guys who are strong, fast guys with a real jab to spar, but it will never be the full Deontay Wilder. You’ll never find that. I have never been by the textbook. I love my style. No one can understand it or figure me out.
“Everyone will realise I am special. I am a gift from God. I’m going to be his worst nightmare.”
Now 33 years old, Wilder believes his time on the big stage has been a long time in the making and has vowed to make his mark.
“This is my coming out party, somewhere I should have been a long time ago. Difficulties in the sport and my life didn’t allow me to have some things. In this fight I think a lot of people will wake up. You have denied me and hated on me for so long.
“No one is going to beat me on this special day. I do it for my children. I’m the realest fighter in the world and some people can’t handle real.”News Now - Sport News