David Haye admits pre-fight comments went too far, will accept any BBBofC fine

Lawrence Lustig

Former two-weight world champion David Haye is ready to take whatever punishment is dished out following some prickly comments during the pre-fight hype for his recent clash with Tony Bellew.

Particularly during the Liverpool leg of a trio of press conferences, Haye was guilty of some choice words in response to fan baiting which most witnessing felt were too close to the bone.

The topic was then added to the upcoming British Boxing Board of Control hearing taking place this week and Haye has no problem accepting any sanctions.

“Some of the comments went too far,” Haye told BBC Sport. “If I have to pay a fine, I’ll happily pay and take whatever punishment I need to.

“When you get into that beast mode before the fight, you’re not thinking about political correctness, you’re not thinking about fines, you’re just thinking about getting in the ring.

“When you’re in that beast mode you say things which rub the average person up the wrong way,” he added.

Since the fight, which Haye lost via eleventh round stoppage after rupturing his achilles in the sixth, the 36 year-old has vowed to continue his career and hopes to land a return with ‘The Bomber’ once his recovery is complete.

Due to the timescale involved, it may not be possible for the two to be pitted together again until early 2018, which could be far too long for Bellew to wait as the WBC cruiserweight title holder is already considering his own future.