Deontay Wilder dismissed suggestions Tyson Fury will provide him with his biggest challenge, after weighing in more than three stones lighter than his rival ahead of Saturday’s fight at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Fury smiled as he entered the stage shirtless and remained relaxed as he weighed in at 18 stone four pounds, engaging with his fans – who convincingly outnumbered Wilder’s.
The two were then kept at a safe distance for their final face-off, following Wednesday’s press conference when they and their two entourages threatened to get violent during a heated confrontation.
Wilder, 33 years old and 15st 2.5lbs, again wore the mask he uses to demonstrate his readiness to fight, and he said: “(This is) definitely the most important but definitely not the most difficult. I (have) fought way tougher guys than him.
“My opponent last fight (Luis Ortiz) was way tougher than him. This is just another step to get to where I want to go – there will be one champion (in the heavyweight division), one face, one name, and he’ll go by the name (of) Deontay Wilder.
“I get to release everything that’s inside of me. I can’t wait. I’m going to knock him out.”
Saturday’s fight will take place in a 20ft ring – four foot smaller than the maximum permitted size, which the 30-year-old Fury used to memorably defeat Wladimir Klitschko – favouring the aggressive American.
Earlier, Wilder had said: “If people didn’t think I hold all the marbles in boxing, after this fight, there ain’t going to be any question who holds the marbles.
“The promotion has been amazing and I thank God for Tyson Fury because I have had to promote all of my old opponents. They were too scared to say what they would do.
“This event is big for me, all the guys before brought something to the table to take me to the next level.
“A lot of people doubted me before I fought a certain calibre of fighter. Ortiz changed that and Fury will do the same for me. I want you to witness greatness.”
Going back to the aforementioned press conference that threatened to spill over, new footage has emerged of both brothers getting involved and nearly having a bit of a bust-up.
Despite being on crutches, Fury's brother went for Wilder's team, and in particular, his brother.
Speaking of the incident, Fury said, via TalkSPORT: “It would have went off,” Fury continued, “Because he had his few boys yeah, but they’re not serious.
“I had my family there and we would have done them right in, there and then.
“Wilder’s brother gave it a big ’un. He was screaming and shouting trying to get forward.
“My brother throws two punches at him and he ran away.
“This is a serious thing to us. It isn’t playtime, we’re not there to act. This is it.”