Tyson Fury erupted at a press conference with Dereck Chisora as the British heavyweights continued the promotional tour for their July 26 showdown in Manchester, England.
Chisora’s European belt and the vacant British strap will be on the line, though the bout is more significantly being proposed as an eliminator for the WBO title, currently held by Wladimir Klitschko.
And, judging by scenes in Manchester on Thursday, at the pair's latest face-to-face media meeting, Fury-Chisora II looks certain to be an explosive grudge rematch.
Londoner Chisora had kept Fury and the U.K. press waiting for ages by turning up well after the official start time of the event. But the way he finally sauntered into the room, without any apology, seemed to really rattle the cage of his opponent, who has fought just twice in 15 months.
After the initial introductions and a few words from both trainers, 25-year-old Fury stood up and let rip in his own inimitable, foul-mouthed manner.
“All this mumbo-jumbo, great fights and all that – basically, let me tell you straight how it is,” said the unbeaten 6 feet 9 inch Manchester man. "Listen, I'm Tyson Fury, I'm the best heavyweight on the planet – this idiot is getting knocked spark out and I'm sick to death of this. This motherf—-r is going to sleep."
Even then Fury (22-0, 16 knockouts) was not finished, as he suddenly tipped over the top table, sending microphones, tape recorders, water bottles and title belts flying in the process, before storming out of the building
Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) is scarcely renowned for avoiding such obvious provocation. Yet he stayed cool amid all the commotion. He firstly responded by clapping, sarcastically, upon Fury's exit. Then he delivered his own reasons as to why he will make amends for his unanimous points defeat to Fury two years ago.
“I’m very calm, I’m a professional – a couple of years ago I would have launched at him as well, but things are different now," explained the 30-year-old. "I’m older, more mature and wiser. Tyson is still an inexperienced young puppy. Now that he’s moved up into my company, he can’t handle it.
“If I’ve got him into this state now, what state will he be in a couple of days before, or on the day of the fight? He’s well out of his depth going in against me – for him it’s like going from a paddling pool with armbands to jumping in the sea with sharks. And I’m the biggest baddest shark in the heavyweight pool. He’s going to get ripped to shreds.
“He needs to remember that I’m the champion coming into this fight. I hold the European title, he’s the challenger. I was at my worst when we fought last time and he couldn’t stop me. I’ll be coming in bang on 17 stone [238 pounds] and I’ll have fitness and power. I’ll destroy his body and go hunting for his head. He’d better be fit and ready for what I’ve coming for him.
“Tyson needs the publicity, he has to do things and say things that get people talking about him to make him feel important. He still feels he has to prove things to people. I don’t feel that need. I’ll let my fists do the talking and I’ll destroy Fury in just the same style you see now – cool, calm and collected.
“There’s a lot on the line in the fight. He took my titles and unbeaten record last time, but things are different now, three years later. Manchester is going to buzzing on the night, it’s going to be a great, great fight and a Dereck Chisora victory.”
With Fury gone, it was left to his uncle and trainer, Peter Fury, to do the remainder of his talking – in rather more measured fashion.
“Tyson’s going to be in fantastic shape on the night," he said. "In fact, he’s in great shape now. Dereck’s a great fighter and poses a very serious threat. It’s a big fight with a chance for the winner to fight for the world title. The European and British titles are also there, but no doubt about it we want the world title fight more than anything else.”
Harry Pratt is on Twitter: @gharrypratt