THE BOW tie had gone. And so had a substantial amount in jowel padding and general weight.
But while Carson Jones - who had dressed like a portly snooker player during his last press conference in Sheffield - had radically changed his appearance, his macho-man abuse remained a constant.
“Look at me,” Jones barked at bemused rival Kell Brook, in yesterday’s media briefing at Napoleon’s Casino, Owlerton.
“You have never been in the ring with anybody as bad (he meant good, or mean, presumably) as I am. I feel sorry for you.”
In the obligatory head-to-head picture opportunity, Jones tried to startle Brook by sharply blowing in his face.
Oh, Mr Jones.
What a terrible mistake you are making here.
Brook, lips pursed and fury bubbling under the surface, is desperate to put this loud-mouthed American on his back.
The Star asked Jones if his unsavoury behaviour was a technique designed to make Brook reckless and throw a stylish boxer off his game. The 26-year-old replied that Brook was inexperienced and as such had never had anybody “in his face” and that had got “in his head and beaten him mentally.”
If Brook is a beaten man, mentally or otherwise, he is good at disguising it.
The Sheffielder has not had to lose a shed load of weight as Jones - a self-confessed ‘foodie’ - has and remarked: “He has slimmed down and is trim, but that big head hasn’t and I am going to cut that down. That’s where I am going to be hurting him. I don’t like the kid, he has been beaten before. You (Jones) are not going to touch me, you are going to get smashed.”
School yard stuff, perhaps. But it is Carson who faces the most difficult job in justifying the bravado, despite being ahead of Brook in the IBF pecking order, for this official welterweight world title eliminator.
Oklahoma’s finest must prove he has the muscle and manoeuvres to back up the mouth.
Against the best boxer Sheffield has produced in years, good luck with that, Carson.