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Published: 10:28 | 30/11/18

Fury wants weigh-in face-off cancelled

Tyson Fury has called for the weigh-in face-off with Deontay Wilder to be cancelled to ensure there is not a repeat of the melee which marred their press conference.

Both camps became embroiled in the melee at Wednesday's press conference and the California State Athletic Commission has threatened to withhold both fighters' purses if there is a repeat at Friday's weigh-in at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Fury, who removed his shirt as he squared up to Wilder at the press conference, has apologised for his behaviour and has urged organisers to cancel the customary face-off in a bid to avoid further trouble before Saturday's fight.

However, he has warned that he will not be afraid to throw punches if the situation escalates.

“I am quite embarrassed about what happened,” Fury said. “It was unsporting conduct with everyone watching around the world and I would like to take the opportunity to apologise on both our behalves.

“It was not how sportsmen should be. It got out of hand but it was two unbeaten fighters who want to win, badly.

“Deontay Wilder is obviously nervous and rattled and he felt the need to get in my face.

“There should be no face-off at the weigh-in and if it comes to fisticuffs then let’s have it.

“I will not wait until Saturday if he gets in my face before.”

Wilder sat and listened to Fury speak about him but he appeared to lose his cool when he stood up, shouting in his opponent's face as they posed for the cameras.

Fury admits he had to restrain himself so as not to put Saturday's fight at risk.

“He’s lucky I did not take his teeth out, I could smell his breath and feel the spit hitting me when he was screaming all that rubbish," he added. “I was calm but I was thinking about hitting him with a left hook and headbutting him but I knew that is what he wanted.

“I want this fight to be on, I have been waiting for it since 2012, I picked him as my third comeback fight.

“Deontay Wilder is looking for any excuse to get out of this fight now he knows it is on him but I am not going to lose millions of pounds in fines for hitting him, definitely not, I am too clever for that."

Tyson Fury's WBC heavyweight title fight with Deontay Wilder from Staples Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night is available on BT Sport Box Office - to subscribe visit https://www.eirsport.ie/ppv

Image: Inpho Photography/Tom Hogan

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