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28th Oct 2018

Boxer punches own trainer after losing fight on Pulev vs. Fury undercard

The corner advice couldn't have been *that* bad

Darragh Murphy

There are sore losers and then there’s this.

Levan Shonia didn’t have the best record going into his clash with Spas Genov on Saturday night but his reputation took a hammering for his behaviour after the final bell in Sofia.

On the undercard of Kubrat Pulev’s meeting with Hughie Fury in Bulgaria, Shonia suffered the 12th defeat of his professional career and clearly didn’t take kindly to it.

In bizarre scenes which will likely see Shonia hit with a fine and suspension by the Bulgarian boxing authorities, the 34-year-old lashed out at his own trainer.

The incident seems to have started inside the ring as Shonia’s coach pleaded with his fighter to calm down but he was hit with a grazing one-two.

And the dispute carried on on the ring apron as the trainer tried to pull the Georgian fighter back into the corner but was forced to hang on to the ropes as he dodged several more punches from Shonia.

The coach hit back with a slap and it sure looks like Shonia will be on the lookout for a new cornerman because these two obviously don’t get along.

And with the lack of accuracy that Shonia showed with his attempts at finding his own trainer’s chin, it’s no wonder that he’s 15-12 as a professional.