The UK leg of the Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury certainly didn’t disappoint on Monday.
Two of the best heavyweights in the world traded verbal jabs in front of the gathered media.
It was almost body sparring at one stage as Fury asked Wilder to jokingly engage him. Wilder reacted with a shove and both men continued the argument after the cameras rolled.
One participant present to discuss was Stephen Espinoza, a man who saw it all for Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor.
Espinoza took some shots of his own as ‘MayMac’ embarked on a tour in 2017.
Things feel a lot different this time around, though, as Wilder v Fury promises to be a much closer affair than Mayweather v McGregor.
The Showtime boss puts Wilder and Fury on a pedestal as he begins the groundwork to deliver a massive event on December 1 in Los Angeles.
“This is a fight that has captivated America and will continue to captivate America,” Espinoza said in London.
“We have two mythical figures and that’s what people love about the heavyweight division; they are almost superheroes.
“In particular, these two individuals are the two largest men in the heavyweight division. I mean that in a physical sense as well as their personalities.
“On paper, in the ring, on the press tour, it’s a phenomenal matchup,” he added.
Wilder vs. Fury tests the raw power of Wilder against the unmatched size and mobility of Fury.
America’s only heavyweight champion since 2007, Wilder has 39 knockouts in 40 professional fights. This includes knockouts in all seven of his title defenses.
Fury is a former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight world champion. He is undefeated in 27 professional fights and holds boxing’s coveted lineal heavyweight title.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Enterprises and Queensberry Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, go on sale Wednesday, October 3 at 12 p.m. PT.
Tickets are priced starting at $75, plus applicable fees, and are available via AXS.com.
In anticipation of the biggest heavyweight event in the U.S. since Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis in 2002, the Wilder vs. Fury International Press Tour continues Tuesday. Wilder v Fury heads to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York and concludes Wednesday in Los Angeles.