David Higgins, the promoter of WBO champ Joseph Parker, has revealed he was more than a little perturbed at the way Tony Bellew spoke to him during a previous meeting before Parker faced Tyson Fury's cousin Hughie.
The promoter said in an interview to Behind the Gloves, according to Boxing News and Views.
“I tried to explain to Bellew. I couldn’t get a word in. He just shouts you down. He’s just in your face. So I was left sitting there being sort of spat at and yelled at. It was like having a conversation with Donald Trump.”
Amongst other claims, Higgins also says that Bellew told him that Hughie Fury's team won't come up with the money for the fight to happen and that there was no chance of Fury showing up on the night.
Tony Bellew, as we've seen previously, is not one to hold back on his views and has created controversy with some of his comments during the build up to his first fight with David Haye, so it comes as no surprise that Higgins has been put out at the aggressive nature of Bellew's outburst.
Parker's promotion team are in the UK to try and put the finishing touches to the expected unification class between Joshua and Parker on March 31, with Cardiff expected to be the venue.
Bellew is, of course, lined up to go back into battle with Haye, in May this year, in a fight where the comments so far have been a little more respectful.
However, Higgins didn't rule put a potential meeting between the New Zealand fighter and Bellew, and even took a swipe at the Liverpool heavyweight, saying: “Would we like to fight Bellew? Of course.
"We think Joseph Parker would wipe the ring with Tony Bellew. We see him as an easy fight. Low risk. High return.”
Higgins also gave a pretty damning verdict of the Liverpudlian boxer.
“Bellew is a bit of a blow hard. Like, he mouthed off more than anyone before the Fury (Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury) fight saying – the fight’s not going to happen – there’s no chance of Parker-Fury happening.
"Well he was wrong. It did happen. Bellew was wrong. He said that (Hughie) Fury would not show up. He was wrong. He said there would be riots if the fight did happen. There were no riots. He sort of undermined and rubbished that promotion.
"I felt sorry for Hennessy and the Furys because Peter Fury in particular shook my hand and said I’m a man of my word – the money will go into escrow and the fight will happen.”