Banned boxer Dereck Chisora and his trainer are playing down their bust-up and comparing it Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham clash.
The former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion won his titles under Don Charles but the two came to blows in the gym recently.
Chisora fights Haye on July 14 at West Ham’s Upton Park in a match supported by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the British Boxing Board of Control refused to approve the tie.
Chisora said: “This has been made out to be a big deal because people don’t see what goes on behind the gym doors.
“We are always arguing and rowing ahead of fights, it’s nothing new. When a fight as big as this against Haye is coming up, tensions are going to be high because it means everything to me to win.
“We were both cool again soon after and now we’re focused on beating Haye.”
Charles compared the incident to Fergie and Becks row ten years ago, where the United manager is reported to have kicked a boot at the midfielder.
“What’s happened has happened and we’ve moved on from it now,” said Charles.
“You see incidents like this in other sports when passions are running high like Alex Ferguson and David Beckham a few years ago. I want Dereck to win the fight as there is so much at stake and that is our primary aim.”
Haye and Chisora brawled in Munich at a press conference which followed Chisora’s WBC world title loss to Vitali Klitschko.