Deontay Wilder crashes Tyson Fury's weigh

Boxing means so much to middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders that the 28-year-old traveller would rather die than lose, he revealed.

It's good to promote the fight, I'm happy to be here.

Fury is set to take on Italian rumbler Francesco Pianeta in Belfast Saturday night - and, at the weigh-in Friday morning, Wilder got all up in Tyson's face, prompting a crowd of people to separate the men.

Putting his arm around Saunders, Wilder said to iFL TV: "It's all fine baby, all fine".

"It's easy. It's about time for somebody to say it and come out with it and I don't care who hears it".

Two-and-a-half years on and the duo's goading duel - which continued this week with Wilder crashing Fury's weigh-in - will finally be settled in the ring.

Barring a shocking upset this weekend, Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder looks nailed on for the winter. "I'll fight you in your back yard".

Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) had only landed in Belfast that afternoon but went straight to Fury's weigh-in at the Europa Hotel.

He has targeted Fury since negotiations for a unification fight with Anthony Joshua ended unsuccessfully, and of Saturday's fight with the 33-year-old Pianeta, Wilder said: "Fury's going to win, then I'm going to knock him out".

This is the third-biggest fight that could be made.

After initially shaking hands with Fury's father, John, things got heated.

Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA heavyweight title in November 2015, but ceded the belt amid an investigation into doping and a reported failed drug test.

Interim WBO featherweight champion Frampton, 31, appeared dry on the scales and after stripping naked came in exactly on the nine-stone limit.

Wilder is in town to sit ringside during their bout.

  • Stacy Allen