By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
TYSON FURY has dragged boxing into the gutter by threatening to kill his next opponent.
Tyson Fury aimed his sick taunt at British and Commonwealth champion Dereck Chisora during a conference call to publicise their fight at Wembley Arena on July 23.
Chisora, 27, hung up after 6ft 9in Fury, 23, claimed he would kill him in the ring.
“I’ve a wife and two kids to provide for and if it means killing you in the ring, that’s what I will have to do,” said Fury.
“To beat me he will have to kill me because I’m prepared to die in the ring. I’m putting it all on the line. I’m going to snap your chin off your body.
“You are an arrogant little p****. I’ll smash your face in. You are a s***house as well.
“It will come down to one thing on the night: who’s got the bigger heart? Who wants it more? I know I want it so badly, nothing will stop me.”
Fury later apologised for his distasteful comments, which follow hot on the heels of David Haye’s underhand comments and stunts ahead of his world heavyweight title unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko a fortnight ago.
Incensed Frank Warren, who promotes Chisora, immediately fired off a letter of protest to Robert Smith, the general secretary of the British Board of Boxing Control.
In it he said: “It’s totally unacceptable, unprofessional and unprovoked behaviour. It did nothing to enhance a British title fight.
“It doesn’t enhance the sport as a whole, either. His vile insults and disgusting comments have no place in British boxing.”
Chisora now intends to boycott the rest of his pre-fight publicity events.
Warren added: “Fury hasn’t got much upstairs. In my view, empty vessels make the most noise. My man will not be at the head-to-head press conference on Monday listening to any more of that talk.”
When challenged on his comments, Fury added: “I didn’t come on to this phone call to be aggressive, but when he comes out with stuff about me having no heart, what do you expect me to do?
“I’m doing this for my family and I’m going to smash his face in. But I do apologise to anyone listening if I have offended them.
“All this trash talk is rubbish. I’m sick of talking. I just want to get in the ring and I just can’t wait for fight night to come along.”
THE Fury-Chisora fight will be live on Channel 5 next Saturday.