Derek Chisora and Sam Sexton had to be kept apart and James DeGale and Carl Dilks swapped insults during a lively final press conference ahead of Saturday’s Magnificent Seven show in Birmingham.
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As the tension rose before the big PPV event at the LG Arena, promoter Frank Warren hailed the the show as one of his best ever.
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Bookmakers have two of the European title fights on the card as even money, while the remaining few tickets are being snapped by eager punters.
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A double-tiered stage was required on Thursday to accommodate all the fighters in involved in a bill which boasts nine title fights.
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Among those in action are Nathan Cleverly, James DeGale, Frankie Gavin, Matt Macklin, Enzo Maccarinelli, Matthew Hall, Kell Brook, Michael Jennings, Sam Sexton and Derek Chisora.
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At one point Warren had to separate Sexton and Chisora as the pair first swapped insults, then come ominously together on the top table.
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The pair fought two years ago, Chisora winning with a stoppage in a scheduled six rounder.
But both have since moved on to championship level, and Sexton promised a completely different fighter come Saturday night.
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“I promise that I am going to knock Chisora out,” said Sexton, as a war of words between the two continued to grow.
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Dilks and DeGale were another pair who had plenty to say.
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When they fight on Saturday, the chance to box for the British super-middleweight title currently held by Paul Smith will be at stake.
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Dilks has insisted for some time that DeGale is over-protected, but such words today were met with scorn by the 2008 Olympic champion.
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“Talk is cheap, but this fight will end inside the distance, and it is only me who will win it,” said DeGale.
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