Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder: Why Bob Arum cancelled final face-off

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The final face-off between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was cancelled

The final face-off between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was cancelled (Pictures: YouTube/Getty)

Bob Arum believes it would have been irresponsible to allow Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to face off during the final press conference ahead of their trilogy fight.

The heavyweight rivals, who will fight for the WBC world title in Las Vegas on Sunday, were set for a traditional staredown at the end of their final press conference on Wednesday.

But legendary boxing promoters Arum and Frank Warren, who represent Fury, called it off and the boxers departed at either side of the stage without coming face-to-face.

Arum was filmed discussing his concerns for the face-off shortly after the press conference finished and said: ‘They’re not f*****g dogs!’

The 89-year-old American said: ‘They insult each other with words, okay. But then put them together like they’re f*****g dogs? I mean, s**t, we’re human beings.’

On a video filmed by iFL TV, a journalist can then be heard telling Arum that it was a ‘very smart’ decision as ‘you can’t have a fight before a fight’.

Arum responded: ‘Particularly after they talked to each other like that.’

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