Tyson Fury accuses Deontay Wilder of looking for a way out of WBC heavyweight title fight

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury worked out in front of Los Angeles media in advance of his highly anticipated WBC Heavyweight World Championship against undefeated WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder on December 1at Churchill Boxing Club on October 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)*** Local Caption *** Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury accused Deontay Wilder of looking for a way out of Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title fight after the two had to be separated at the conclusion of a heated press conference.

The 30-year-old Fury remained relaxed throughout as, similarly to when he dressed as Batman to promote his fight with the similarly-bemused Wladimir Klitschko, he got to his feet and goaded the champion.

Wilder, uncharacteristically, became increasingly angry until his aggressive confrontation with a then-smiling Fury.

The two fighters’ entourages became involved as shoves were exchanged and the challenger removed his shirt.

There was little question that Fury had consistently remained the more composed of the two, but he later insisted Wilder was attempting to provoke him to throw a punch that could have left Saturday’s fight in jeopardy.

Wilder remains undefeated in his 40 fights as a professional but Fury, at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre, will represent his most challenging opponent, and he said: “I believe Wilder wanted me to aim the left hook so that the fight would be cancelled.

“He wanted to trick me into hitting him so that he could get out of the fight. I’m not going to make that mistake; I’m not going to lose my purse.

“He knows he can’t win and it’s clear for everyone to see now. He’s a very nervous character and by the looks of it he doesn’t want to fight. He talks a good game but he talks nonsense really.

“He wanted me to get a massive fine but I’m not that stupid. He’s rattled and he knows he’s getting an a*** kicking.”

“Wilder’s nervous; he felt he needed to scream and shout and make threats. We’re fighting men but he had his big team there.

“We’re not afraid of anyone, if you want to fight on the street or the stage that’s fine, but we’re here to do a job for sport and be professional.”

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India's Mary Kom clinches record sixth boxing World Championships gold

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India's Mary Kom won gold in the 45-48 kg category at the 2018 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

India’s Mary Kom became the most successful female boxer in World Championships history after clinching her sixth gold medal in New Delhi on Saturday. The 35 year-old beat Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota 5-0 in the final of the 48kg category clash.

Her sixth gold medal took her past Ireland’s Katie Taylor and level with the men’s record held by Cuban great Felix Savon as the most successful boxer in World Championships.

The mother of three won a silver in the inaugural women’s edition in 2001 and went on to win gold in each of the next five championships. Her most recent triumph came in Barbados in 2010. Mary Kom also won bronze at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

“Today, I was a little bit emotional because for the last few years, I was not able to fight in 48kg category,” Mary Kom said after the bout.

“The effort was very challenging for me. Because of your love and support, I hope to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I wasn’t able to qualify for Rio Games. I am still suffering,” she added.

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Manny Pacquiao gets date for Adrien Broner bout

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Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBA world welterweight title against Adrien Broner on January 19 in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao has held world titles in eight divisions from flyweight to light-middleweight and is set to continue his glittering career in what will be his 70th professional contest.

The 39-year-old had been linked with a return bout against rival Floyd Mayweather as well as a showdown against British fighter Amir Khan, but announced on Twitter he will instead take on Broner.

Speaking at a press conference in New York, Pacquiao said: “I want entertain people and give a good show on January 19, that’s why I am inviting everyone to come and watch and don’t miss the opportunity for this great and prestigious fight that we are going to do in the ring with Adrien Broner.

“I know my opponent is fast, he is a high-calibre fighter. We have to work hard and train hard for this fight so that the people will be happy on January 19.

“I want to fight the greatest fighters and greatest opponents in the world and one of them is Adrien Broner.”

Pacquiao captured a secondary welterweight crown – Keith Thurman is the WBA’s Super champion – by stopping Lucas Mattysse in the seventh round of their fight in Kuala Lumpur in July.

That was his first knockout since 2009 and the Filipino improved his record to 60 wins, seven defeats and two draws, but is 5-5 in his last 10 professional contests.

Broner, a former super-featherweight, lightweight, light-welterweight and welterweight world title holder, was once considered the heir apparent to Mayweather.

The brash American’s speed and power carried him to a 27-0 record, but he has since lost his way and has suffered three defeats in his last 10 outings.

He has fought only once this year in a majority draw against Jessie Vargas in April and he was initially respectful of the eight-time world champion in New York.

Broner said: “I’m really thankful. There were a lot of people who wanted this fight and God blessed me to get it. I guess I am just the chosen one.

“He’s a future hall-of-famer. It’s going to be a helluva fight. All the things he’s done in this game is unbelievable. I have only got a chance y’all could dream of, I don’t even know how I’m feeling right now.

“It means a lot to me. A win, I turn a legend overnight.”

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