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David Haye and Tony Bellew.

Tony Bellew slams David Haye for throwing punch at press conference

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Given all that's happened over the past few days, frustrations were bound to spill over during David Haye and Tony Bellew's press conference today.

While posing for a traditional head-to-head photo, Haye appeared to get too close to Bellew, who reacted by pushing his opponent in the chest.

Haye then swung a left hook as he fell backwards, though he failed to make contact.

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The pair were quickly separated but the altercation was yet another reminder of the bad blood shared between the two fighters.

Scroll down for a video of Haye attempting to punch Bellew.

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HAYE AND BELLEW CLASH

This follows on from Haye calling Bellew a "bellend" live on Sky Sports News (again, see below).

"TONY BELLEW, YOU'RE A BELLEND"

Bellew has since slammed Haye on social media for trying to punch him at the press conference, where the pair were meant to be promoting their fight at the O2 Arena on March 4, 2017.

In the below Instagram post, Bellew wrote: "You coward! Throwing punches without gloves on @mrdavidhaye then saying you'll leave me in a hospital bed!"

The 34-year-old, who will make the step up to heavyweight in order to fight Haye, also used the hashtags #ToughGuy, #WeWillSee and #BePrepared.

Haye's actions will only serve as motivation to Bellew, who insists he isn't scared and wants to prove himself as the world's best cruiserweight.

He told Sky Sports earlier this month: "No one really wants to face David Haye. He's probably the most dangerous heavyweight in the world.

"It is such a big risk, with so little reward, which is why, and I understand why, nobody wants to face him. I will. He doesn't scare me.

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"He's a massive puncher, he's lightning quick for a heavyweight and he's a really good fighter. That's why the heavyweights don't want to fight him.

"The reason I want to face him is I want to prove I am the best cruiserweight out there. In my eyes, he's a big cruiserweight but he's still a cruiserweight.

"If he wants to put himself out there, I am one of the hottest fighters in the world right now.

"I am the WBC cruiserweight champion of the world, I am knocking out everyone I touch and I really do believe I will knock him out, too."

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