Promoter Eddie Hearn has called David Haye 'out of control' after the former heavyweight world champion lashed out at Tony Bellew at a pre-fight press conference ahead of their March 4 grudge match.
Haye looked as if he threw a punch in Bellew's direction and also went on a rant tearing into Hearn describing his promotions as the "Eddie Hearn Show". Haye also did a brief interview for Sky Sports News in which he used an expletive on live television and was briskly escorted away.
Hearn admitted that Haye wasn't keen on working with him and claims the Bermondsey-born fighter has lost his cool because he doesn't have 'full control'.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Hearn said: "He's a control freak, so he likes to deal with everything himself and the contract - some of the demands in there as Tony was talking about - were outrageous.
"But we gave into them, because Tony doesn't care about who walks first, what dressing room he's in, who wears what gloves, how thick the underlay is.
"He just wants the fight. It really hurts David that he can't have full control. He wants to unsettle Tony Bellew. I thought David Haye was unsettled. I've never seen him like that, his legs were going and of course when you saw him in the head-to-head after, he had completely lost his marbles by then.
"He's out of control. He doesn't have the control he wants to have."
The pair have had a long standing rivalry and Bellew has actively sought out his old foe in recent months having won his first world title earlier this year.
The bitterness and hatred between the two is plain and simple for everyone to see - and their matchup is going to be a thriller for the fans between two big punchers with more than just their boxing reputations on the line.
Haye's speed and superior power may prove too much for the 'Bomber' on fight night but Bellew is aptly named himself and can get opponents out of the ring with just as much ease. If the press conference's antics are anything to go by then March 4 will be full of fireworks inside the O2 arena.
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