The undefeated Fury (30-0-1), who battled Wilder (42-1-1) to a attract 2018 earlier than taking the belt from the American 20 months in the past, was the aggressor in Wednesday’s press convention, repeatedly berating the previous champion.
“You’re a weak man and you’re getting knocked out,” mentioned Fury, who wore a colourful swimsuit with a sample of WBC belts on it on the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“Your legacy will be in tatters. Torn to bits. Finished,” he added throughout a very heated back-and-forth close to the top of the occasion, which led organizers to name off a deliberate face-off for the cameras.
Fury was notably bothered by Wilder’s claims that the “Gypsy King” cheated of their final assembly by illegally tampering together with his gloves forward of the seventh-round stoppage.
Saturday’s battle was scheduled for July 24 earlier than Fury’s optimistic COVID-19 check pressured a postponement.
Fury welcomed a child woman almost two months in the past however she needed to be positioned into the hospital’s intensive care unit. He mentioned he spent two weeks by her facet earlier than she got here residence.
“I knew if I got that hurdle out of the way, things would be good and I could concentrate on the fight,” he mentioned.
“Daddy’s just got to do his job. That’s it,” he mentioned.
Wilder, sporting a blood crimson monitor swimsuit with the phrases “Eye for an eye” written on it in Russian, appeared extra relaxed, saying he had “nothing to lose and everything to gain” within the battle.
“I’m in a great place, a great state of mind,” Wilder mentioned.
“There’s nothing to prove at all. This right here in redemption, retaliation and retribution.”
Wilder’s coach Malik Scott mentioned the 2 have been working to develop the knockout artist’s toolbox whereas Fury’s coach Sugar Hill Steward mentioned their focus has been on fine-tuning the “already exceptional” Fury.
The winner is anticipated to face Oleksandr Usykget, who holds the opposite three titles, for an opportunity to turn out to be the primary undisputed heavyweight champion since Lenox Lewis 21 years in the past.