In a bizarre scene, more in keeping with wrestling than boxing, Georgian middleweight Levan Shonia took a swing at his trainer at the conclusion of his losing bout against undefeated Bulgarian Spas Genov.
The fighter was standing in the corner, awaiting the verdict, when he inexplicably aimed a right cross at his bemused coach.
The punch appeared to be a glancing blow at best and the coach came back with a slap of his own.
The altercation was ultimately separated by the referee before the fighter could land another blow.
While Shonia has 15 wins out of 27 fights, including 11 knockouts, he has lost eight out of his last 10 contests before this one, which might explain why he was unable to get the better of his second opponent of the night.
Genov’s points win was his 10th straight victory, including seven stoppages.
While his record might appear to mark him out as one to watch, the Bulgarian is 37 and has had long periods of inactivity in a professional career spanning over 10 years, so might have left it too late to fulfil the potential that his record hints at.
The contest was on the undercard of Hughie Fury’s bout against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in Bulgarian capital Sofia.
Watch the crazy scenes unfold below.
Fury, younger cousin of Tyson Fury, would have become the mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua’s IBF heavyweight crown had he been victorious.
However, despite a bright start, Fury succumbed to a points defeat to the home-town fighter.
Thirty seven-year-old Pulev, who now has 26 wins from 27 fights, has never fought for a world belt, but now finally gets his chance next year.
Fury will have to reflect on what might have been, as the boxing world prepares for his cousin’s heavyweight clash of the titans against American Deontay Wilder on December 1, as the two undefeated fighters battle for Wilder’s WBC world title belt.