TYSON FURY made an abrupt exit from yesterday's press conference to preview his rematch with Dereck Chisora, tossing the top table aside and storming out after promising to knock his opponent out.
Fury had done most of the talking in London on Monday at the initial media event for the July 26 heavyweight bout, hurling a series of insults at Briton Chisora.
But on this occasion in Manchester – his home city, in which the fight will be held at the Phones 4u Arena – the 25-year-old kept things far more brief.
When asked for his opening remarks, Fury said: "All this mumbo-jumbo, great fights and all that – basically, let me tell you straight how it is."
He then stood up, grabbed a microphone, and declared: "Listen, I'm Tyson Fury, I'm the best heavyweight on the planet, this idiot is getting knocked spark out and I'm sick to death of this."
He added: "This motherf****r is going to sleep" before slamming down the microphone, attempting to flip the table over, jumping down from the stage and heading out of the room.
An unimpressed-looking Chisora simply sat and applauded what he had seen in a sarcastic manner.
The 30-year-old had remained calm as Fury had taunted him on Monday and was again composed yesterday. Chisora said: "What can we say about that? Shall we give him a Golden Globe or not? He needs to get a bit of publicity – he needs people to talk about him. But we just laugh."
Chisora himself has a reputation as a hot-head, having slapped Vitali Klitschko across the face in the build-up to their 2012 world title bout in Germany and then brawled with David Haye at the post-fight press conference.
But he has subsequently taken part in anger management sessions, and emphasised yesterday that he is more on top of his emotions these days. "My emotions are more calmed down now," Chisora said.
"With him (Fury) swearing at me, two or three years ago we would have been rolling around on the floor right now.
"I'm not a punk – don't look at me and think that. I'm more of a gangster than anybody else.
"But, as you can see, right now I'm very calm. I'm a boxer, a professional athlete now."
In the first meeting between the pair in 2011 at Wembley, Fury claimed the British and Commonwealth titles with a unanimous points victory over Chisora, who admitted he had not been fit enough for the contest.
The latter goes into this encounter – which is a WBO title eliminator – as the European champion, while the vacant British title will also be up for grabs.
And Chisora, victorious in his last five fights following defeats by Klitschko and Haye, is looking ahead to the bout in confident mood.
"I don't have much to say because the person I want to say it to is not here," Chisora said. "There is no need for me to badmouth him while he's not here – I'm not a backstabber. I like to tell the truth in front of people's faces.
"I have made my name already and we know Tyson hasn't been on the biggest stage in his career so far. He needs to understand I'm giving him another payday. I am the champion. The first fight was great – he trained hard, he came to take the titles and he did that. But this time, it will be different."
Asked if he had learned lessons from the first meeting, Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) said: "That he hasn't got much power – he couldn't knock me out."
And when it was put to him that the unbeaten Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) has been talking about knocking him out in the fifth round, Chisora said: "I'll do him in the first round!"