David Haye punch on Bellew at the pair’s first press conference explained by the Londoner.
It’s all kicked off in the boxing world today with David Haye and Tony Bellew causing headlines across the sports media landscape.
Their face-off ignited a storm of attention today – the moment the David Haye punch landed on the right side of Tony Bellew’s jaw can be watched here.
Here is the David Haye punch on Bellew explained by Haye himself on the way home following press conference:
David Haye talks about the punch he threw on Tony Bellew. #HayeBellew #BellewHaye #boxing pic.twitter.com/seYDMT6j0z
— Stuart Atkins (@OnlyFullFights) November 30, 2016
Despite saying he didn’t kick off properly above, many will feel he did with the throwing of a punch but in all honesty, it isn’t that much of a surprise given the hype machine involved in modern day pay per view boxing.
That’s not to say that today’s events were planned, as I don’t think you can exactly script a boxer punching another fighter at a press conference.
But the crazy scene is in keeping with some of the wild antics we’ve seen not just before boxing pay per view events in recent years, but also recent UFC press conferences involving the likes of Irish star Conor McGregor for example.
One would imagine Haye and Bellew won’t be allowed get anywhere near each other again following today’s press conference to ensure that the fight actually goes ahead next March.
While we are on the topic of boxing press conference brawls following the David Haye punch on Tony Bellew today, lets take a quick stroll down memory lane to similar incidents in the sport of professional boxing:
The Riddick Bowe combination above in particular stood out for me for it’s sheer surprise and devastating connection.
These scenes are never good to see in boxing but unfortunately can happen from time to time.