By Dave Spencer
While Friday’s weigh-in at Montreal’s Bell Centre came off without incident with the main combatants Lucian Bute and Denis Grachev, things were a lot nosier on the domestic front. In two bouts featuring undefeated fighters, things erupted into shoving matches as the fighters went face to face. After Schiller Hyppolite (5-0) 172 lbs. and Francy Ntetu (7-0) 169 lbs. both weighed in and approached each other for a stare down, Ntetu rushed across the stage and the pair immediately went nose to nose. Once Ntetu of Saguenay Quebec turned to the crowd and Hyppolite turned in got even closer, getting a two-handed shove from Ntetu. The fighters were separated by the commission and for whatever reason were asked to square off again. Things went off marginally better the second time but both fighters still had to be physically separated. Things have since spilt over to social media sites of Facebook and twitter with Ntetu saying, “If I give you respect, I expect the same thing.”
Jean Francois Bergeron, trainer for Hyppolite was quick to answer, questioning exactly how much respect was being shown given that Ntetu promised to smash the face of his fighter Hyppolite.
The bout promises to be a good one in what is rare bout of prospects with undefeated fighters. “One thing is for sure,” Bergeron recently told FightNews, “Both guys are going to be much better fighters once all is said and done.”
Things were similarly tense between local 3-0 welterweights Sebatien Bouchard and Glissandy Meija who started a similar melee with a shove.
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