“My Right Hand Was Gonna Meet Him”: Tony Bellew Details Why He Started an Altercation With Jermaine Franklin’s Team After Anthony Joshua Scuffle

Published 04/02/2023, 12:41 PM EDT

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Former Cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew was not pleased after former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s victory over Jermaine Franklin. Joshua secured a unanimous decision win marking his comeback to the sport after losing to Oleksandr Usyk last year. However, the fight was filled with drama after a brawl broke out post-match with both camps getting inside the ring.

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Bellew who has been a close mentor to Joshua leading up to this fight got into an altercation with Franklin’s trainer. Moreover, footage at ringside saw Bellew being taken away by security after yelling something at a member of Franklin’s corner. This was not all as the former cruiserweight champion shed light on why he decided to go after Franklin’s trainer after the bout.

Tony Bellew sheds light on his altercation with Jermaine Franklin’s trainer

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In an interview with IFLTV, Bellew recalled the incident and stated that he was acting in defense of his team. He added that no trainer should have the right to assault a boxer. He then claimed that Franklin’s trainer almost received a punch from him due to his actions.

 

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You can’t have a trainer going for a boxer. I went, ‘What are you doing?’ I thought he was gonna step to me and my right hand was gonna meet him, but he didn’t get close enough.” he said.

Bellew’s comments have drawn attention to the issue of trainers getting involved in physical altercations with other fighters. While tensions can often run high in the world of boxing, it is generally considered unacceptable for trainers to engage in physical altercations with other fighters or their teams.

Eddie Hearn warns Franklin’s trainer following the altercation

Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn was also surprised at what unfolded following the fight. In an interview with MailSport, he stated that Franklin’s trainer and Bellew exchanged a few words but did not have any physical altercations. However, he suggested that  Franklin’s trainer should keep in mind who he tries to go after.

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I asked him I think he just said that [Franklin’s] trainer went for AJ or something, and he shouted something, and then he shouted something at Bellew, He’s probably the wrong person to shout something at,” he said.

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Bellew could have certainly done some damage to Franlkin’s trainer had things gone out of hand. However, this incident serves as a reminder of the importance of sportsmanship and professionalism within the world of boxing. While the sport can be intense and emotional, fighters and trainers must act with respect and restraint at all times.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.
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