Boxing: Dereck Chisora laughs off Tyson Fury's press conference performance after heavyweight flips over table before storming out
Fury launched a foul-mouthed tirade towards Chisora before pushing over a table, sending drinks, equipment and Chisora's European title flying through the air
Friday 21 March 2014
Dereck Chisora laughed off Tyson Fury's behaviour after his fellow British fighter swore at him, tossed a table aside and stormed out of a press conference to preview their July 26 rematch.
Asked for his opening remarks at Thursday's media event in his native Manchester, Fury stood up, declared himself "the best heavyweight on the planet" and promised to knock "this idiot" Chisora out in the WBO title final eliminator at the city's Phones 4u Arena, before adding: "this motherf****r is going to sleep".
The unbeaten 25-year-old then made his abrupt exit, shoving part of the top table off its raised platform - sending drinks, equipment and Chisora's European belt flying - and heading out of the room.
Chisora's response was to remain seated and sarcastically applaud what he had seen, before saying: "Shall we give him a Golden Globe or not?
"He needs to get a bit of publicity - he needs people to talk about him. But we just laugh."
Chisora himself has a reputation as a hot-head, having slapped Vitali Klitschko across the face in the build-up to their 2012 world title bout in Germany before brawling with David Haye at the post-fight press conference.
But the 30-year-old has subsequently taken part in anger management sessions and emphasised on Thursday that he is more on top of his emotions.
"My emotions are more calmed down now," said Chisora, who had also stayed composed when being taunted by Fury at a press conference in London on Monday.
"With him swearing at me, two or three years ago we would have been rolling around on the floor right now.
"But, as you can see, right now I'm very calm. I'm a boxer, a professional athlete now."
In the first meeting between the pair in 2011 at Wembley, Fury claimed the British and Commonwealth titles with a unanimous points victory over Chisora, who has admitted he had not been fit enough for the contest.
But Chisora, victorious in his last five fights following consecutive defeats to Klitschko and Haye, is going into this encounter in confident mood.
He said: "The first fight was great - he trained hard, he came to take the titles and he did that. But this time, it will be different."
Asked if he had learned lessons from the initial meeting, Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) said: "That he hasn't got much power - he couldn't knock me out."
And when it was put to him that Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) has been talking about knocking him out in the fifth round, Chisora said: "I'll do him in the first round!"
The pair are fighting for Chisora's European title and the vacant British crown as well as the number one contender spot for the WBO belt, which is currently held by Vitali's brother, 37-year-old Wladimir Klitschko - also the WBA and IBF champion.
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