Tyson Fury responded to Oleksandr Usyk’s social media jibes with a taunt of his own on Saturday night.
Usyk and Fury will likely to meet in an undisputed heavyweight world title showdown later this year, but is yet to be signed and sealed.
The Ukrainian started the trash-talking early, however, with jibes about his weight.
Usyk used Twitter to post a picture of himself in swimming shorts while smiling alongside the caption: “The Middleweight is here!
“Where are you Belly? Tyson Fury.”
Fury was sitting at ringside, alongside Derek Chisora, for the light heavyweight title fight between Artur Beterbiev and Anthony Yarde and was asked about those comments.
Speaking to Gareth A. Davies, he said: “There’s been nothing from me, I’m not even on social media. He keeps calling me the belly. I’ve got to say ‘belly’s gonna to get ya’.
“Remember the advert ‘belly’s gonna to get ya, belly’s gonna to get ya’?
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“I am the belly and big bellies eat rabbits. That’s what I’m going to do, eat him up. Let’s get the fight on first. There’s no good talking smack when the fight isn’t even happening yet.
“When the fight gets done and we get it all one with a date and venue, then it’s on. Then we can see if the big belly is going to eat the rabbit.”
Chisora and Fury seem to have buried the hatchet after the pair fought last year.
They were friends before Chisora back Dillian Whyte to beat the Gypsy King in a WBC heavyweight title clash, a prediction he got wrong.
Fury easily beat ‘Del Boy’ in their trilogy bout and were seen laughing and joking at ringside.
Fury said: “We’re here repping, watching the boxing, we’re all here for one sport – boxing.”
Chisora added: “It’s called entertainment, people don’t get it. I love Tyson. He gave me a good pay day. It’s called entertainment.
“We said the fans were going to be happy with the fight and who was not happy.”
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