'Bizarre stuff': Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in 'horrible' face-off

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Tyson Fury'(pictured left) talking at the press conference and Deontay Wilder (pictured right) sitting in silence.
Tyson Fury's (pictured left) press conference with Deontay Wilder (pictured right) was labelled 'bizarre' after Wilder stayed silent for the majority of the five-minute face-off. (Getty Images)

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder entered into a 'bizarre' face-off in their highly-controversial and anticipated heavyweight trilogy bout.

The build-up before their trilogy bout - which Fury leads after a TKO victory last year - has involved plenty of bad blood.

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Fury had originally set up a fight with Anthony Joshua, before Wilder won his arbitration case and triggered a rematch after his loss.

This resulted in an angry Fury hitting out at Wilder for not taking step-aside money.

But the pair finally came face-to-face in a press conference after more than a year.

And it didn't produce the fireworks many expected.

Wilder has been talking about Fury and has made up many theories to why he didn't perform in their second bout.

But after more than a year of talk, Wilder sat throughout the presser with headphones on and remained largely silent.

Fury, known for his boisterous demeanour, did all the talking as he entered into a war-of-words with Wilder's new trainer Malik Scott.

The 'Gypsy King' also predicted an even easier victory this time around.

Fury and Wilder face-off lasts five minutes

But the most 'bizarre' part of the press conference was the face-off.

A shirtless Fury stood across from a silent Wilder for five-minutes as the pair locked eyes.

But fans were not pleased after expecting fireworks after all the trash talk.

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Fury fired up during the press conference and predicted how the fight would go.

He claimed it would be an easier victory this time around considering he has been training for 18 months.

“Deontay Wilder’s a one-trick pony, he’s got one-punch power, we all know that, great. But what I’m going to do to Deontay Wilder this time is I’m gonna run him over as if I’m an 18-wheeler and he’s a human being and I guarantee he does not go past where he did before,” Fury said.

“Because before I only had five or six weeks of practising what I was gonna do to him, this time I’ve had 18 months of practising what I’m gonna do to him so I anticipate it’s gonna be like an 18-wheeler running over somebody and that’s what you’re gonna see.

“I’m building my weight up. I’m trying to get up to 300 pounds (136kg) for this fight because I’m looking for a big knockout straight away. I don’t believe he’s mentally, physically, or emotionally involved in his fight. I think he’s doing it for the wrong reasons. When people do things for the wrong reasons they always wind up getting hurt.

“So we’ll see on fight night if I’m a man to my word and if I can run him over quicker than round seven and I think I do, for sure.”

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