Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has received a hefty penalty for his behaviour in the build-up to a recent fight with Tony Bellew.
Haye stated Bellew ‘could die’ during heated exchanges and engaged in angry banter with fans in Liverpool, just two examples of improper conduct.
At a hearing this week, the British Boxing Board of Control discussed the issue and released the following statement to WBN.
“The Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control considered the behaviour and comments made by Boxer David Haye for his contest with Tony Bellew on the 4th March 2017 at the O2 Arena, London at their Board meeting on Wednesday, 14th June 2017,” said the BBBofC.
“Mr. Haye admitted that his behaviour amounted to misconduct and brought Boxing into disrepute.
“The Stewards fined Mr. Haye the sum of £25,000.00.”
Ironically, Haye could be pitted against Bellew again before the end of the year as a return is first choice on promoter Eddie Hearn’s agenda following a late stoppage for ‘The Bomber’ in their first meeting.
Dates in November or December are being considered, although the final decision on whether the rematch actually happens could come down to Haye himself.
The winner of any second fight could be in line to face Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker for a world title in 2018.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay