It's safe to say that Tony Bellew and David Haye aren't the best of friends.
The two have shared a fractured relationship for a few years now, with a lot of back-and-forth between them in the past.
As recently as last month, the two were in confrontational mode and a clash almost developed between them.
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Now, Tony Bellew has revealed exactly what happened during a sparring session between him, David Price, and David Haye, among speculation that the two could fight next year.
Speaking in a Q&A with the 2017 Boxing News Annual, Bellew explained that the sparring session got a bit out of hand.
He said: "We punched him all over the place.
"I had just won my first ABA title, Pricey was still an amateur. David was supposed to fight Mark Hodgson, he came down on a Monday, sparred me and Pricey and pulled out of the Mark Hodgson fight on a Tuesday.
"Mark Hodgson knows why he pulled out, he said, ‘I heard he got a hiding off two heavyweights from Liverpool,’ and he did. He pulled out the next day with an injured groin, he didn’t have an injured groin he had an injured jaw. And face."
Although this sparring session sounds particularly brutal, Bellew insists it was in the past, and that all parties have moved on since the incident.
"He got a hiding off the two of us. It was a long time ago though, it means nothing."
Bellew has a history of unfriendly rivalries, none more so than Nathan Cleverly, and claims that his beef with Haye is nothing compared to that.
"It’s not a real dislike, it’s nowhere near on the level it was with the fella from Wales. It’s nowhere near as personal as that.
"It’s just that Haye's regarded as probably the best cruiserweight this country's ever produced and I’d like to challenge him for that. That’s what it’s about to be honest. It’s definitely not a personal thing."
A fight between the two heavyweights Tony Bellew and David Haye would certainly be an entertaining match considering the history of their relationship.
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