Tony Bellew has blasted future opponent David Haye after a press conference between the pair culminated in a brawl.
WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew will face fellow British fighter Haye in a non-title heavyweight tussle in London, on March 4 after the pair have spent several months trading insults.
The duo appeared in front of the cameras to promote their upcoming duel, but after their war of words continued, the encounter became physical with Haye connecting with a left hook.
Bellew said: “I’m disgusted in David, throwing a punch like that and saying some of the things he said.
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) November 30, 2016
“He got too close so I just pushed him off me, it was a gentle push, then he punched me with a left hook on the side of the head.
“I’m all about selling the show but for me, that was not the way to sell a show.
“I am a professional sportsman and I am not coming here to put the game I love into disrepute."
Former world champion Haye came out of retirement earlier this year, but held nothing back in an expletive-ridden onslaught of Bellew, which could land him in trouble with the British Boxing Board of Control.
Imagine that left hook Haye threw hit Hearn. He'd still be asleep
— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) November 30, 2016
“You’re just a chump in the ring, a little fat podgy pumped-up light heavyweight,” said Haye.
“This fight is all about how long it’s going to take me to put you unconscious.
“I’ll be standing over your limp body in the ring.”