Tyson Fury insists that he has not taken Derek Chisora lightly ahead of their WBC heavyweight title clash on Saturday.
The two came face-to-face for the final press conference at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday and the pair greeted each other like old friends, although both insisted there will be no old pals’ act this weekend.
“Whoever fights Derek Chisora is in for a f------ good fight,” Fury said.
“I needed a fight this year. I love to fight, if I could fight 12 times next year I would. I’m doing what I love to do, I take my career very seriously.”
Chisora has a reputation for causing trouble at press conferences but that seems well in the past. Indeed, he insisted that he was grateful to Fury for choosing him as the challenger.
“I’m so happy I am still in the game. I’m buzzing. There are so many guys in the game who are not producing what I am producing. I can guarantee you that come Saturday, friendship will be out the door, we will get it on," Chisora said.
“It’s not going to be a stinker. His last fight was a stinker but not this one. The first round will be electric.”
Fury said he would not holding back on an opponent he has beaten twice already.
“There are no friends in business and this is a business transaction,” Fury said. “So we are going to go in there and punch the f---- out of each other.
“Every time you get in the ring with a heavyweight you take a risk.
“In a two-horse race, never underestimate anybody. Because anything can go wrong as we have seen many, many times in the past, when champions underestimate their opponents.
“That will never happen to me. I train very hard and I respect every opponent that I have ever had.
“I put in nine weeks of training for this fight. I have not had sex in six weeks and I will come in there like a rampant rabbit. Derek is going to try and knock me out and I am going to try and knock him out.”
Having an outdoor fight in December is something new and while there is not due to be any rain or snow, it will be cold with temperatures expected to be 5C (about 41F).
“If you don’t feel punches in the face, you definitely won’t feel the cold,” Fury said. “The adrenaline will be going.”
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.