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A shocking video appears to show David Haye's trainer Shane McGuigan throw a punch at a fan after the heavyweight lost to Tony Bellew last night.

One of Haye's entourage, believed to be his trainer - the son of former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan - allegedly hit a member of the crowd at the O2 Arena.

It was just moments after Haye, 36, lost the bout when his corner threw in the towel as he tried to get up from a knockdown.

Haye, who is known as The Hayemaker, was a huge favourite before the heavyweight fight but picked up a devastating achilles injury in the sixth round.

And when he was making his way back to the dressing room in London, McGuigan - who also trains fellow British boxers George Groves and Carl Frampton - allegedly threw a punch.

A fan who recorded the moment on his smartphone, posted the clip on Snapchat with the caption: 'Watch the background of this Shane McGuigan thumping somebody in the crowd.'

It is believed that the reaction of 28-year-old McGuigan was provoked by a Bellew supporter who was bragging about the victory.

The incident came after McGuigan was forced to use tape and attach it to Haye's leg following the freak injury halfway through the fight.

Boxing fan Gerard McAnulty spotted the incident and posted online: 'After @mrdavidhaye fight on way back to dressing room and @McGuigans_Gym Throws cracking punch to a fan who prob deserved it #HayeBellew.'

Tickets for the all-British bout sold out in 15 minutes when they went on sale last November.

The sale of those tickets would have brought in £2.5million while the pay-per-view sales would have earned another £10million as sales were around 600,000.

After the fight, just Haye's third loss during his 14-year career, he refused to speak about his injury.
He said: 'Tony was a great fighter, that's what went wrong. I wanted to do a demolition job but this guy has the heart of a lion.

'I've knocked out people a lot bigger and a lot stronger with a lot less.

'I didn't expect him to have the chin and durability that he had. I gave it my best shot and my best wasn't good enough tonight.'

Meanwhile, Bellew revealed that he asked McGuigan to throw the towel in earlier.

He said: 'Just before the stoppage I looked at David and said "Please stop. I'm not here to hurt people".

'He shook his head and laughed. I looked at Shane and said "Stop it".'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the force had not been contacted following the incident.

2017.03.06 / 11:36
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