Love Island’s Tommy Fury promises KSI early night ahead of much-awaited boxing match

Love Island star Tommy Fury promised an “early night” in his showdown against internet star KSI at a chaotic press conference that saw the pair sling insults at one another while separated by perspex glass inside a cage.

Animosity has steadily been building between Tommy and KSI, who enraged the TV star when he spat at his father in the cage, and the pair are relative novices in boxing but the fame they have found outside the ropes means their fight this Saturday is heavily anticipated.

While they traded barbs laced with profanity as they came head-to-head 48 hours before their contest at a sold-out Manchester AO Arena, it was Tommy’s outspoken father John who loomed large over proceedings.

John Fury Sr, who appears in his son Tyson Fury’s Netflix series At Home With The Furys, stepped into a metal cage when invited to and threw punches at the transparent partition separating him from KSI, who earlier dodged a bottle thrown from a side of the stage.

This weekend’s event is not sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) – but Tommy is adamant him being steeped in the sport in contrast to his rival will become clear when they settle their differences in the ring.

Tommy is a boxer by trade and won his first three professional bouts before catapulting himself to celebrity status with a stint in the highly-popular television show Love Island in 2019.

Whilst he was on the reality TV show, the star met Molly-Mae Hague, whom he is now engaged to and shares a daughter, Bambi, with.

“We all know what’s going to happen,” said the younger brother of heavyweight champion Tyson. “There’s no way this man can live with me.

"Who’s he fought? He’s fought a rapper and the rest are YouTubers. What is going on?

“In this boxing world, he is a bum. I’m not interested (in him). I’m levels above these guys. I’ve got every single advantage: bigger, stronger, reach, weight. This will be an early night, I promise you.

“I’ve trained like a demon for 10 weeks for this man and I’ve sparred everybody, I’ve been sparring Tyson, been sparring the whole lot of them.”

Tommy added: “I’m in the crossover world of boxing, it’s a circus act. We know what we’re in for. I’m here to fight. Cut all the other bulls***, we’re fighting in two days, the talking is done.”

Two-time world heavyweight title challenger Derek Chisora lent another peculiar edge to the spectacle as he appeared to clash with security shortly after Tommy and KSI stepped into the cage.

Elsewhere, YouTube star Logan Paul was left with a cut on his face after coming to blows with mixed martial artist Dillon Danis before the duo were separated by security ahead of their co-main event bout.

Paul and Danis were supposed to face-off inside the cage but that was cancelled after the clash between the pair.

Paul appeared to underarm a bottle at Danis, who responded by throwing a microphone which left his adversary bloodied as security swarmed the stage and separated the rivals.

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