Deontay Wilder added further fuel the fire by claiming he "rehabilitated" Tyson Fury when he was "strung out on coke, as big as a house" and contemplating suicide ahead of their rematch on Saturday.

WBC champion Wilder and Fury had to be separated following some pushing and shoving as they traded verbal punches ahead of a press conference on Wednesday.

The first fight between the heavyweight giants ended in a draw in December 2018, with Fury having revealed in the build-up to that bout that he was on the brink of ending his life two years earlier as he struggled with mental health issues.

Wilder claims former world champion Fury has a lot to thank him for as they prepare to do battle at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this weekend.

"I brought you back, put food on your table," Wilder said.

"And I'm doing it for a second time. Don't you forget that.

"I found you when you were strung out on coke, as big as a house and contemplating killing yourself. I brought you to big-time boxing. I rehabilitated him back."

Fury had a sharp retort and vowed to end the American's career.

"He is spouting rubbish saying he gave me an opportunity," said the Brit.

"I gave him the biggest payday of his life, brought him to Las Vegas and this is how he thanks me. He has a lot of appreciation for someone who put millions in his account.

"I will put you into permanent retirement, don't you worry about that. This is a big act for him. He is nervous underneath, I can see his heart beating through his jumper, he is terrified and he is getting knocked out."

Tyson Fury believes Deontay Wilder is "very nervous" ahead of their WBC heavyweight showdown as the pair almost came to blows on Wednesday.

Fury and Wilder faced off at a news conference just days out from their rematch at the MGM Grand, and they shoved each other before being separated.

The Brit, who drew with Wilder in their previous bout in December 2018, believes the American is showing signs of nerves.

"Wilder is very nervous. I can see his jumper going in and out from the big heart beat pounding out of his chest," Fury said.

"He's terrified. He's nervous as hell. He doesn't know what to expect, and he's getting knocked out."

Wilder laughed off Fury's suggestion ahead of Saturday's showdown, where he will defend his WBC title.

The 34-year-old said: "When I knock you out, go do stand-up comedy. You've got a career there.

"You've got pillows for fists and that's why I kept running through you."

Deontay Wilder has vowed to deliver "a devastating knockout" against Tyson Fury that would see him surpass the record he shares with his idol Muhammad Ali.

Going into Saturday's bout with Fury in Las Vegas, the American has defended his WBC heavyweight title on 10 occasions since winning it against Bermane Stiverne more than five years ago. 

That puts Wilder level with his inspiration, Ali, who made 10 consecutive defences of the same belt, as well as the WBA crown, before losing the titles to Leon Spinks in 1978.

Wilder insists he will convincingly handle Fury – with whom he shared a dramatic draw in December 2018 – to claim the outright record, and then promised to make the run even more spectacular.

"It will be an amazing feeling, my 11th consecutive defence," Wilder said to BBC 5 Live Boxing.

"It was a basic plan for me to get into boxing, become a journeyman and make a few dollars for my daughter.

"I never thought about being heavyweight champion of the world and being tied with my idol Ali.

"Once I've beaten Fury with a devastating knockout, I will go on even further to break the record and do more amazing things."

Despite his five-year reign and a stellar record of 42 wins, one draw and zero defeats with 41 knockouts, the 34-year-old feels it is only with this Fury rematch that he has finally achieved superstar recognition.

Wilder added: "It's been tough being here in America when your sport is not top of the podium.

"One of my guys described this as like a Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao fight because of all the calls coming in for tickets.

"It made me feel good – but I have to keep my head, stay focused and deliver on Saturday. 

"This is what I have always wanted and my moment in time has come. 

"It took a long time. I can smile and say I will not disappoint come Saturday night."

Deontay Wilder mocked Tyson Fury's punching power ahead of their blockbuster heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas.

All eyes will be on the MGM Grand, where American star Wilder puts his WBC belt on the line against Fury in the second instalment of their rivalry on Saturday.

The first bout between Wilder (42-0-1) and former WBA, IBF and WBO champion Fury (29-0-1) ended in a contentious draw in December 2018.

As the two unbeaten heavyweight fighters prepare to face-off once more, Wilder poked fun at Fury.

"Fury, like I have said before, has got pillows as fists," Wilder told Sky Sports News. "That's why I was able to continue applying pressure on him [in the last fight].

"We all know that Fury can't punch. The numbers don't lie, we can see that my two-year-old punches harder than him.

"I don't believe anything he's saying. Fighters have to have certain strategies and tactics when approaching a fight.

"Sometimes you have to manipulate people – and he's trying to get them to believe something even he doesn't."

Fury confirmed there is an agreement in place for a third bout between the pair, regardless of the outcome in Saturday's showdown.

Previewing his second meeting with Wilder, challenger Fury cranked up the war of words.

"I knew coming back to America that I couldn't come on a whim again and get a fair decision," Fury said.

"Deontay Wilder is the only heavyweight champion America has had in a long time and he is the longest reigning since Muhammad Ali and they don't want to let him go. But the 'Gypsy King' is going to dethrone him, rip his heart out and feed it to him."

Tyson Fury has confirmed he will do battle with Deontay Wilder for a third time after their heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Wilder will put his WBC title on the line when he steps into the ring with Fury at the MCG Grand this weekend.

The first bout between former WBA, IBF and WBO champion Fury and American Wilder ended in a contentious draw in December 2018.

Fury says an agreement is in place for the final part of a trilogy regardless of the outcome in their second fight.

"I think the money is too big not to have it," the Briton told Sky Sports.

"This is the prize-fighting game and there is too much money in the pot for him not to want the rematch, even if he loses."

Asked if he would like a third fight, Fury said: "I don't lose!

"I will be having a rematch either way. All I do is win - unless I get a draw!"

Anthony Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, wants whoever comes out on top this weekend to commit to facing the unified champion.

"We have to put the pressure on the winner to finally get our fight on in 2020," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We will have a conversation and say: 'Are you doing a third fight? If so, can you do it quickly please?'"

Marvin Hagler hopes Deontay Wilder beats Tyson Fury so he can take on Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight unification bout he believes is "way overdue".

WBC champion Wilder and Fury fought out a controversial draw at Staples Center in December 2018, with the latter knocked down twice and somehow getting up from the canvas in a dramatic 12th round.

The pair will renew their rivalry in Las Vegas on Saturday and Hagler – the former undisputed middleweight champion – hopes it proves to be a significant step towards the American meeting IBF, WBA and WBO king Joshua in the ring.

"It's great to see the heavyweights come back into the picture again, because they've been out of focus for a long time," Hagler told Omnisport ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards.

"Guys like Tyson Fury bring a lot of excitement; he's a character. And Wilder is a type of person who's unpredictable – you really don't know what kind of style he's going to come into the fight with.

"I don't think he's going to fight Fury the same way as the first time. I believe this time too that he's going to make sure that if he gets him down, he's not going to be able to get up.

"I'm looking forward to the fight. It's an unpredictable fight because you don't know what game plan they're going to have going into this fight.

"I can't predict anybody, but I'd like to see Wilder get a shot at it because I'd like to see him and Anthony Joshua, because that fight is way overdue.

"I don't think now it's about money, it's a personal thing between the two of them: who wants to be champion of the world?"

Speaking about the Laureus World Sports Awards, Hagler added: "I think this is our 18th year that we've been here. It's a great thing to see Laureus with the 20th anniversary this year, everyone's excited about that.

"I can't believe I've been here 18 years, just with all the other great celebrities in the sports world, getting to know them and getting to see that everything we do is volunteering, so it's a great feeling when you're able to give something back and that's what all of us are doing."

Anthony Joshua believes fellow British heavyweight star Tyson Fury has what it takes to dethrone WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

Wilder and Fury face each other in a rematch in Las Vegas next weekend, 14 months on from a thrilling split-decision draw.

Fury outboxed his American foe for long spells of their December 2018 encounter but was forced to climb off the canvas twice – including from a heavy knockdown in a dramatic final round.

Joshua holds the other three major belts in the heavyweight division after avenging his sole career loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

Although he appreciates the clamour for him to face fellow knockout artist Wilder, he is rooting for Fury and suggested the latter's more rounded skillset should prevail.

"Wilder coming through is better because [a fight with me] is what people have been eagerly anticipating," Joshua told Sky Sports.

"But I think Fury can win. For Wilder to win he has to knock Fury completely out, and he couldn't do that the first time.

"For Fury to win, he can hurt Wilder or outbox him. Fury has more to his arsenal, so that's why I'm leaning to him.

"Fury can punch a bit. He's underestimated with his punching power, which makes him dangerous. If you underestimate someone it makes them dangerous because you don't respect them until you get hit.

"Fury is a really good boxer, to a certain degree, so he has the upper hand. Wilder isn't the best of boxers but he has a right hand - if you can avoid that, you have the beating of him."

Joshua is expected to return to action in June against his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

Deontay Wilder came in so light he was "essentially a cruiserweight" when he knocked down Tyson Fury in the first fight between the two, according to trainer Jay Deas.

Ahead of the much-anticipated heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas on February 22, the Wilder camp are in confident mood.

The WBC champion, who has recorded victories over Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz since he last faced Fury, is expected to come in heavier as he bids to get the better of an opponent who has a new man in his corner.

"He came in unusually light," Deas told Sky Sports about Wilder's weight in the December 2018 bout, which ended in a dramatic draw.

"One of the problems with the first fight is that Deontay was so excited that he wasn't eating right. 

"He was 209lbs on fight night - by the time he knocked Fury down in the last round, he would have been a 200lbs, essentially a cruiserweight.

"We don't want that. We want Deontay to be bigger and stronger."

Fury's decision to replace trainer Ben Davison with SugarHill Steward is being seen as another positive for Wilder.

"Any time a trainer and a fighter who have done such wonderful things together split, it has to be an advantage for the next opponent," added Deas. "Chemistry is not an overnight thing.

"Ben was not just Tyson's trainer - he was a brother, confidant, friend, therapist. Those kinds of guys don't come along every day.

"I think a lot of Ben - for someone as young as he is, he is incredibly knowledgeable and strategic. He picks up on intricacies and nuances better than people who have been in this game for decades.

"Ben's potential is unlimited. I enjoyed the challenge against Ben, I know he saw every tiny detail, so I had to do the same.

"[SugarHill Steward] is a good trainer who comes from good pedigree from the Kronk Gym. But this is a big fight that he's stepping into."

Fury has vowed to secure an early knockout against Wilder in the fight between two undefeated heavyweight stars and Deas hopes he does indeed come out aggressively.

"That's good for me," he said of Fury taking risks.

"When you take a chance, they're called chances for a reason. Your risk reward goes up on both ends - there is the potential for success but the likelihood that you're leaving yourself open."

Eddie Hearn believes the money offered to host a fight in Saudi Arabia between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder will be too good to turn down.

Joshua regained his WBA, IBF and WBO belts from Andy Ruiz Jr in December in a heavyweight rematch contested in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

While Joshua's next fight is set to be against Kubrat Pulev, the Briton's promoter Hearn has talked up the possibility of a meeting with the victor of Fury-Wilder II, which takes place in Las Vegas on February 22, later in 2020.

On Wednesday, Fury's promoter Frank Warren dismissed Joshua's claims that talks between his camp and Wilder's had already taken place, though he claimed a fight between his client and Joshua should be held towards the end of the year.

Now, Hearn has suggested Saudi Arabia would again prove to be a viable venue for such a fight, claiming the money on offer would ensure a bout would happen.

"You have new players in town that are willing to spend money never seen before in this sport. It's there, we've had the conversations," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We did it once, in December. I know the money that they're willing to put in for this fight at the back end of the year and it's why I'm so confident of making it, because there's just too much money.

"There comes a time in the sport where money talks too much and, when it does, there's no going back. Even if the other guys didn't want it, they can't ignore the numbers.

"Everybody's lucky that the numbers we were talking about a year ago, they've doubled, trebled. Don't agree? You've spun it up on that roulette wheel, now take your chips and leave."

Hearn also suggested Joshua – who could also face Oleksandr Usyk – would be willing to scrap his planned fight with Pulev should the Bulgarian not agree to a venue in Britain.

"AJ's going to call the shots here and he may end up having to let the Pulev fight go if he won't fight in the places we'd like him to fight and that is in the UK," Hearn said.

"We're looking at dates around the end of May, beginning of June for the Pulev fight. Everywhere's in play – Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the London Stadium.

"We've also reached out to Twickenham as well and the Millennium Stadium have got some dates for us. In an ideal world, AJ's next fight will be against Pulev in London."

Tyson Fury's promoter Frank Warren insisted there is no truth in Anthony Joshua's claims he has held talks with Deontay Wilder over a heavyweight fight.

Joshua regained the WBA, IBF and WBO belts from Andy Ruiz Jr in December, while Fury is set to meet WBC champion Wilder in a rematch on February 22.

Brit Joshua has recently suggested his camp has held discussions with Wilder's management over a potential meeting this year, which would come instead of a possible third bout between the American and Fury.

Warren, though, is adamant no talks have been held.

"I spoke to [Wilder's co-manager] Shelly Finkel [on Tuesday] and he denied it," Warren told ESPN.

"There's a rematch clause in the contract and the loser has the right to invoke that not long after the fight.

"That will determine what happens, not what [promoter] Eddie Hearn or Joshua says.

"It seems every time they mention these discussions they never think about the possibility of Tyson winning the fight with Wilder."

Joshua is reportedly set to face Kubrat Pulev, who is the IBF mandatory challenger, while a bout between the Briton and Oleksandr Usyk has been also been mooted.

But Warren is hopeful of bringing Joshua and Fury together for an-all British encounter, though he cited the "ego" of Hearn as a potential stumbling block.

"I would like to see Tyson in with Joshua straight away after February 22," Warren said.

"I don't think it's a difficult negotiation – we have just seen that with two networks in the United States agreeing to work with each other for Wilder-Fury II. The only thing that stops it is all of the ego with Eddie Hearn.

"I don't see why it should be a problem at all. It's a fight for the good of the sport that everyone wants to see. As long as Tyson wins his next fight, and Joshua wins his mandatory fight next, it can happen.

"It seems like everyone is looking for reasons why it shouldn't happen. Nearly every big fight we have got over the line. 

"Fury and Joshua are at their best, nothing is stopping it from happening except Joshua's people being afraid of their cash cow being beaten."

Tyson Fury wants to follow his upcoming fight with Deontay Wilder by taking on Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte before retiring.

Former world heavyweight champion Fury will take on WBC title-holder Wilder in Las Vegas on February 22 after their previous meeting ended in a dramatic draw.

The 31-year-old then wants his final acts in boxing to be unifying the division by taking on IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua and offering Whyte a first world title shot.

"I've got three more fights left. Wilder next, Joshua then Dillian Whyte, then I'm out," Fury told iFL TV.

"[Dillian] has been mandatory for something like 2,000 days and hasn't had a world title shot so when I beat Wilder I'll give him a shot.

"He can be a defence, for sure. One of my last three. Joshua and Whyte, done."

Joshua did not deliver on an offer to spar with his fellow Briton as part of his preparations to face Wilder, but Fury was not overly concerned.

"It's all hot air. Sometimes people say stuff in the heat of an interview and they don't really mean it. After he did the interview he said afterwards he wished he never said it," he said.

"It doesn't really matter, I don't want him to come sparring anyway, it's not going to help me, he's nothing like Deontay Wilder at all and I wouldn't want to give him the opportunity to get an insight on what it's like to be out-boxed and out-punched by me in a spar rather than in a fight.

"His time will come, don't worry about that."

Fury previously predicted he will knock Wilder out in the second round and the WBC king said he will hang up his gloves if that comes to fruition.

"Him saying he's gonna knock me out in the second round is not believable," said Wilder.

"He has pillows as fists, so I can't see that happening. If he knocks me out in the second round, I'm retiring. I'm done."

Dillian Whyte believes Anthony Joshua's exchanges with Tyson Fury over sparring prove he "just talks rubbish".

In a detailed critique, heavyweight contender Whyte hit out at WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua, saying he is a changed fighter who has lost his aggressiveness.

Whyte believes his fellow Briton, with whom he shares a promoter in Eddie Hearn, always backtracks after making comments in the same way Fury and Deontay Wilder do.

He cited the example of Joshua's recent exchanges with Fury, offering to help him with sparring sessions ahead of his WBC title rematch with Wilder next month.

Whyte told Sky Sports of Joshua: "He's a good fighter and a good champion, but he talks a lot of rubbish most of the time.

"Him, Wilder, Fury, they all talk the same rubbish. He says one thing and then he backtracks and says another thing. At least I'm consistent with what I say, and I do what I say.

"One minute he says, 'I'm going to spar with Fury' and then the next minute he says, 'If it works in my schedule'. When Fury said, 'Yes, if it works in my schedule'. He just talks rubbish, man.

"I'm here, I'm ready to fight, if he [Joshua] wants to fight me, the fight can happen."

Whyte, who has been touted for a fight with Russian Alexander Povetkin, has not been impressed by the evolution of a man who knocked him out after seven rounds of their domestic grudge match in December 2015.

He believes Joshua will be forever marked by his initial loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019, but feels signs of a more conservative approach were already apparent before his two contests with the Mexican.

"We've seen this before - Lennox Lewis was an aggressive fighter on the front foot but got knocked out by Hasim Rahman, then changed his style," added Whyte.

"Joshua will be the same. Tall heavyweights start their careers very aggressively, but then?

"Let's go further back - Carlos Takam, Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker. There were signs of caginess and not liking getting hit.

"Even Deontay Wilder, when he was clocked a couple of times by Luis Ortiz, he thought 'I'm just going to wait'.

"We have seen this time and time again in history, and it's always the same."

After winning his titles back against Ruiz in December, Joshua looks poised to defend his belts against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next as Whyte's wait for a title shot goes on.

Tyson Fury predicts Conor McGregor will knockout Donald Cerrone when he makes his return at UFC 246 on Saturday.

McGregor will feature in the octagon for the first time since his October 2018 defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title bout that was overshadowed by a post-fight melee outside the cage.

Fury is looking forward to watching the former featherweight and lightweight champion take on Cerrone, the UFC's all-time wins leader, up close in Las Vegas.

Unbeaten boxer Fury, who will attend the bout, believes McGregor will experience a triumphant comeback.

"Conor McGregor is gonna win. I say by knockout. And I'm gonna be there to see it happen cageside," Fury told Fight Hype.

Before entering the octagon, McGregor and Cerrone will first meet on stage at a media event on Wednesday.

The outspoken Irishman has a reputation for making cutting remarks at such occasions, but Cerrone insists it would take a "low blow" to have any effect on him.

However, should Cerrone feel that McGregor crosses the line, he may not be able to wait until the weekend to lay hands on him.

"He's the best at it. He is the best," Cerrone said of McGregor's trash talk.

"The thing is you'd really have to go low, talk about my grandma or my kid and then it would put it on another level.

"You understand what I’m saying? Then I'll just come f*** you up in the lobby type s***.

"I don't think it's ever going to go that way. He understands that. We're fighting, he can talk about that all he wants but don't low blow."

Tyson Fury predicted he would knock Deontay Wilder out in the second round of their rematch next month.

Fury and Wilder will finally face off again at MGM Grand on February 22 in their highly anticipated rematch, having drawn their first fight in December 2018.

Unsurprisingly, the Brit (29-0-1) believes he will be successful, predicting a second-round KO of Wilder.

"Deontay knows he was rocked three or four times in the last fight and I didn't have the gas to finish him. This time I can turn that screwdriver until he is gone," he told a news conference on Monday.

"You are going to sleep in two rounds. I keep having the same dream about round two. I am playing poker and I get dealt the number two card.

"He is getting knocked out in round two, 100 per cent."

Wilder, the WBC heavyweight title holder, responded by questioning whether Fury truly believed in his own comments.

"I mean that's what he believes in his heart. That's what he believes. I always teach people when I speak – I say speak it, believe it, receive it," the American said.

"But the magic of it all is the belief, it's the belief. And though he's saying it, I don't feel that in his energy that he believes that he's going to do that.

"If anything I feel that he's nervous, he's very scared because of what happened the first time and I understand. This is boxing and sometimes fighters have to put up this front like it's all good and nothing gets to them or nothing hurts them or we're always acting tough and stuff because of the sport that we're in, but I'm a realist.

"He knows what happened. What you get knocked out like that and you don't know how you got there or how you got up, it was the grace of God. That bothers you. That not only affects you, but it affects your environment, it affects your family as well because they know you're going in there again with this monster and you know what he's capable of doing.

"It's not an act, it's something I do every time I'm out, I knock guys out, every guy that I've faced I've put him down and it won't be no different this time around either."

Tyson Fury believes his rematch against Deontay Wilder on February 22 will see "the real champion" crowned when he defeats the American.

The WBC heavyweight title will be on the line as Fury and Wilder, who fought to a thrilling draw in December 2018, do battle at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"There's no more ducking and diving," Fury told reporters. "The date has been set, and the 'Bomb Squad' is about to be securely detonated and the real champion crowned as the world watches on for the most anticipated fight in years.

"This is unfinished business for me, but come February 22, this dosser will finally get what's coming to him, and I can't wait!"

Fury also explained his somewhat surprising decision to split with long-serving trainer Ben Davison in the build-up to the fight, saying their work had gone "stale".

SugarHill Steward will instead train Fury in a match against a fellow undefeated fighter in Wilder.

"We're gonna go back to basics," Fury said on ESPN's College Game Day.

"I trained with SugarHill Steward back in 2010, we got on like a house on fire.

"I was going a little bit stale, repetitive, doing the same things day in, day out for years. I needed a change."

Wilder insists it is he who will end any doubt over who is the better fighter.

"I proved myself the first time and I'm ready to do it again," the WBC champion said. 

"It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won't be any controversy with this one. I'm going to finish it.

"I'm happy and I'm excited that the rematch is finally happening. I want to give the fans what they want to see. I've been doing it with my last three outings – Fury, Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz. 

"They've been spectacular events – from my ring walks where I gather all the energy of the people, to my uniforms that I wear to help spread that energy. 

"Then I give them what they all come for – the knockouts, and my knockouts have been amazing."

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