Florian Marku dragged out by security at fiery Joshua vs Usyk press conference

Florian Marku was held back by security during a fiery confrontation with Maxim Prodan at the Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk press conference.

The Albanian faces a stern test of his rising welterweight career against undefeated Ukrainian Prodan at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

And the card will be headlined by Joshua's huge heavyweight title defence against Usyk.

But Marku has threatened to steal the show after standing up and approaching his opponent during a fiery confrontation at the conference.

He was held back and dragged away by security after the pair exchanged fiery words in their first face-off before the heavyweight clash.

"What mistake did I make fighting with Prodan answer me," Marku said at the press conference. "I am going to destroy his face and clock him out, then I am going to talk to him when he is unconscious.

"We can fight in here if you want, let's fight in here I am ready. He is a piece of s***, he is a no-one and he has fought nobody.

"You think it will go like others, just you wait and see on Saturday night."

Marku has a loyal fanbase behind him, and is a real ticket-seller at welterweight due to his explosive style and confrontational demeanour.

But he has also called out the likes of Conor Benn and Josh Kelly as he continues his rise to try and make world-level.

Joshua himself has a huge test against Usyk at the weekend, after narrowly missing out on an undisputed clash with Tyson Fury.

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And the pair's heavyweight rival Dillian Whyte has predicted that his former opponent will knock out the Ukrainian early despite his "lack of confidence".

During an interview with 5 Live Boxing, Whyte said: "I think it's a great fight, but in my personal opinion, I think Joshua will stop him in the first five, six, or seven rounds.

"Usyk will start fast, and Joshua will be a bit cagey because he’s a southpaw, he’s lighter, and Joshua can also sometimes lack confidence in fights.

“He can get caught up in, ‘Oh, he’s a good boxer, the guy's this, the guy's that,’ and he's still in this learning period where he's learning things and trying stuff out as well.

"Hopefully, he goes back to the old him and starts pressing Usyk and being the bigger, stronger guy and starts backing him up and starts hitting him with stuff early. I think he can get the job done early."

Joshua has shown off his lean physique ahead of his mandatory defence, after previously admitting his desire to "trim" his shape for the test.

But Usyk's promoter has fired a stark warning to Joshua, questioning whether he is narrowing his "main advantage" by shedding his weight.

We accept AJ shedding weight as good news because formerly a lot of experts gave his weight as an advantage," Krassyuk told MyBettingSites. "Now AJ is reducing his advantage.

"I’m not sure how he’s going to be on the scale and what kind of figure he will show, but he looks slimmer than in any of his previous fights. And that makes me think that AJ wants to present some boxing tactics for Usyk.

"Of course, it is an advantage that AJ has on his side, and he has to use it properly to get the victory. But there are some things that Usyk has as advantages and he will definitely be working hard to use them."

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