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Deontay Wilder refused to answer questions at the first press conference for his trilogy bout with Tyson Fury.

He wore headphones, and aside from a brief speech on the podium ahead of the bout did not make any further statement about his upcoming bout with Fury, their third meeting since December 2018.

Fury stopped Wilder in their second bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in February 2020, after the pair drew their first fight at the Staples Centre just over a year prior.

But despite usually being a particularly boisterous character, former heavyweight champion Wilder didn't have very many words for the gathered media in California at the Novo by Microsoft.

Trainer Malik Scott instead answered questions on behalf of the American, and the trash talking was at a relative minimum between the pair, who shared a more than five minute-long face-off in LA.

"I'd love to thank my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ," Wilder said in a brief speech. "I'd like to thank my amazing team, and I'd also like to thank my strong legal team as well.

"Look, enough said, it's time to cut off his head, and come July the 24th, there will be bloodshed."

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder stared down at a press conference today
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Fury was in much more lively form, foregoing a shirt for the formal press conference and telling reporters he planned to beat the time in which he had stopped Wilder back in February 2020.

"Firstly, I'd like to say congratulations to Deontay Wilder on finding his lord and saviour Jesus Christ," Fury joked.

"Before the last fight he was comparing Gods, and as we know, my God won, so congratulations to him.

"After all this 'bloodshed' stuff, I'm not so certain, he said it all last time and we all know what went down there."

Fury and Scott did go back-and-forth, while promoter Bob Arum and head coach Sugar Hill Steward sat on the stage and a select few questions.

"Let's be honest about it," Arum said. "The first fight was a tremendous fight.

"Tyson showed what a great boxer he is, he got knocked down twice and they called it a draw.

"The second fight was, as well all witnessed, a very one-sided fight, but even a one-sided fight at heavyweight is still great because fans love to see the big guys duking it out.

"The third fight, based on the first two, I really predict will be bigger than the first two fights based on the orders that we're getting for tickets, they far exceed what we did for the last fight.

"I believe that the pay-per-view is going to be bigger than it was last time, and we're happy that every restaurant is opening up around the country because the closed circuit action in the United States that will be shown there will be tremendous.

"There's pent up demand that the fans have, so I'm looking forward to a great fight and a great event and I think it's going to set all kinds of records for a heavyweight championship fight."