WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has explained the wild incident from Friday night, with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Videos began to circulate on Friday night, which showed members of Wilder's entourage chasing after Saunders at a Nando's restaurant in Belfast.
Wilder traveled over to Belfast to sit ringside for Tyson Fury's second fight of the year, against Francesco Pianeta. If Fury wins, then he is potentially going to challenge Wilder at the end of the year in Las Vegas.
Saunders, who is one of Fury's closest friends, confirmed that he was involved in a verbal confrontation with Wilder - which resulted in Saunders reportedly throwing a piece of chicken at Wilder, and then saw members of the heavyweight champion's entourage chase Saunders out of the restaurant.
According to Saunders, Wilder was attempting to bully him - which eventually escalated the situation.
“I just went to say 'hello and how are you.' Next thing you know he tried to be the bully, so I beat him up with a chicken. Tyson is gonna smash him up for it though. I spoke to Tyson. When they fight, Tyson’s gonna do the job on him. Nah, it’s all fun and games,” Saunders told IFL TV.
Saunders has no fantasies over what would have happened if he would have traded punches with Wilder.
“I was ready to give a punch, but if I’d have given one, I’d have been gone," Saunders said.
Saunders also saw no issue with making a very quick exit, when some of Wilder's rather large entourage members went after him.
"I had a new pair of trainers, I burnt the soles of them out. I was sharpish getting out of there," Saunders said.
Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) will travel to the United States to defend his title against undefeated Demetrius Andrade on October 20th at the TD Garden in Boston.