Sky Sports’ Andy Burton got himself in a bit of a fluster on Wednesday when asking David Haye if he had a message for opponent Tony Bellew.
It’s been no secret Haye has chosen his angle for the fight, taking place on March 4 in London, by nicknaming his foe as Tony ‘The Bellend’ Bellew.
Burton knew this, therefore briefed Haye pre-interview not to say that word as they were live on Sky Sports News HQ.
Whether it was a genuine mistake or not, Haye duly called Bellew a ‘Bellend’ and Burton began profusely apologizing to the viewers.
As Haye attempted to say sorry himself, a red-faced Burton then told him to ‘get out of here’ in a comical moment that the fighter saw the funny side of.
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The press conference was also full of incident, as Haye argued with Bellew and promoter Eddie Hearn as well as throwing a short left hook at the Liverpudlian following promises of a certain knockout next spring.
Bellew was his usual animated self and will be pleased to have gotten under Haye’s skin sufficiently to warrant a physical response that will only help further with interest in the contest.
Haye v Bellew goes out live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK on March 4