Tony Bellew was having none of it when David Haye turned up at their press conference with a new relaxed persona as the pair prepare to knuckle down to full training for their rematch.
The UK rival square-off again on May 5th, fourteen months after their first clash at The O2 Arena and following on from Bellew’s initial eleventh round victory.
Despite being billed as a grudge match, Haye told Bellew ‘he loved him’ at Wednesday’s presser and basically said he’s tired of all the animosity between them.
In response to Haye’s attempts at a love-in, a bullish Bellew stated: “I just hope you don’t become a Buddhist before the fight. I’m waiting for you to crack open some holy prayers. It’s just a fight.
“If it’s more than a fight, can you educate me please? It’s all geared towards a fight. I must be missing something.
“You told me I was going to be in a coma. Those were your words. Nothing has changed in his mindset from now until then. He says he’s changed his mindset but it’s b*******!.
“I’m sat there every night with some rosary beads praying you turn up!
“He’s the most dangerous heavyweight in the world with one punch but that doesn’t last long and I do,” he added.
Maybe Haye is chilling out at the age of 37 after a busy recent period in his promotional capacity looking after the likes of Joe Joyce and Willy Hutchinson.
The move does seem a strange road for the two-weight world champion to head down as the clash is looking to do hefty numbers on Sky Box Office Pay-Per-View in just ten weeks time.
In the past, mud was slung from both sides of the table until punches were thrown at the first bell, although this time around Haye and Bellew may be ready to enjoy a quieter build-up ahead of what could eventually be the second meeting of a trilogy.