Bellew vs Haye 2: David Haye blames Tony Bellew for physical confrontation at press conference
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 03/05/18 8:57pm
David Haye blamed Tony Bellew for the physical confrontation at the end of their press conference and insists he will "ignite" in their heavyweight rematch.
Tensions boiled over between the British rivals on Thursday when they posed for pictures and Haye initiated a head-to-head confrontation, sparking an angry shove from Bellew.
Security stepped in to separate the duo, who will settle their dispute this Saturday at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Haye believes the Merseysider wants him to lose his composure again when the first bell rings.
"I will light the fuse and ignite into life at The O2," Haye told Sky Sports News.
"I don't care about him, he's irrelevant. It's all about me. I got it wrong last time. This time I got it right.
"He pushed me to get a reaction. It's a weak move, but I believe I won the battle of the mind games."
"To undo everything I've done with two losses to Bellew is unthinkable, and I won't let it happen."
Bellew played down his push, dismissing suggestions he is trying to provoke a reaction from his opponent.
"It was just a little push and shove," he said. "He just wanted to get closer. We came close to kissing, but it's not that kind of party, and I had to remove him from my space.
"The mask comes off on Saturday.
"I've never tried to get under his skin. It doesn't matter if he loves or detests me.
"I don't know why he wanted to get that close to me."