Frank Warren, the lead promoter for heavyweight Tyson Fury, is not happy that his boxer has been barred from having a face to face at the official weigh-in for Saturday's rematch with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder. The second fight takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down a decision on Thursday, barring the two boxers from going face to face at the conclusion of Friday's weigh-in.
The decision was made after the boxers had a very heated confrontation during Wednesday's final press conference. After foul language was exchanged, they began to get physical by pushing each other and had to be separated by security.
The NSAC wanted to avoid the same kind of incident, or even worse, at the weigh-in.
"The actions of the fighters pushing each other, which wasn’t staged, is not indicative of the image of our sport," the NSAC said in an issued statement.
Warren is not pleased with their decision, because the face to face at the official weigh-in is the promotional money-shot for the fight.
"It’s a stupid decision, the face-off is traditional. They should have had security at the press conference," Warren told Metro.
The first time around, in December 2018, the contest ended in a controversial twelve round split draw at Staples Center in Los Angeles. There is a contractual clause which allows the loser, regardless of the outcome, to force an immediate trilogy meeting.