Temperatures soared in a cold London today as David Haye and Tony Bellew gave fans a small glimpse of what is to come on March 4.
The UK duo will scrap it out for a possible shot at world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in late 2017 at The O2 Arena in the most anticipated British grudge matches since Carl Froch knocked out George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley.
As predicted, Bellew began to berate Haye from the off, although the two-weight world title holder bit straight back and gave as good as he got to the Liverpudlian and his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Famous for his head-to-head melee’s, Bellew aimed a shove as both fighters got close, although it was Haye who instantly raised a hand, provoking memories of his brawl with Dereck Chisora at the Vitali Klitschko press conference in March 2012.
Offering to take the fight outside, Bellew was irate at having been struck by a Haye left hand but the WBC cruiserweight ruler will have to wait until next year to finally settle the score.
Bellew and Haye composed themselves before parting ways until the build-up gets in full swing on Sky Sports Box Office, whilst ‘The Bomber’ later branded ‘The Hayemaker’ a coward for throwing a punch outside the ring.