Tony Bellew has revealed he ended up in hot water with Sky for his driving in Oleksandr Usyk’s victory over Derek Chisora late last year.
The former WBC cruiserweight champion was working as an expert for the fight the Ukrainian won by unanimous decision.
While Bellew was on good terms with Usyk, whom he had previously fought in 2018, he made no effort to hide his support for his longtime friend Chisora.
He explained on MHM Social: “It was purely like a friendship story.
“As far as Derek goes, we’re close friends. I don’t have many close friends in the boxing world anymore and there aren’t many guys who openly supported me when I was fighting.
“Derek has always been there with my biggest fights, right by my side, screaming and screaming for me.
“And I’m a loyal person – what you do for me, I do for you.
“So that was just one of those nights. I’ve been scolded and berated by Sky for my screaming and everything, but don’t employ me for fights where my friends are fighting if that’s not what you want.
“I can be the most professional person in the world when I want to and I can be emotionless in fights.
“But you can’t have one of the closest people I’ve had to me in boxing in the last decade fighting a man I’ve fought, whom I know by heart, and don’t expect me to clap and shout for them.
“That’s what it is buddy, I’m not really embarrassed to be reprimanded and it doesn’t really concern me anymore.
“I’m just going to continue. I will always stand by Derek, whatever the mood, whatever the environment and whoever the opponent is. I will always support Derek Chisora.
Now Usyk is set to face Anthony Joshua on September 25.