Watch as former boxer Tony Bellew is taken away after a confrontation with Franklin’s team following a fight with Joshua

TONY BELLEW was involved in a post-fight altercation with a member of Jermaine Franklin’s team shortly after the American’s clash with Anthony Joshua.

Franklin suffered a points loss to the former two-time Unified Heavyweight Champion, who put on a less than impressive performance at The O2.

Anthony Joshua returned to the Victory Column against Jermaine Franklin on Saturday night

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Anthony Joshua returned to the Victory Column against Jermaine Franklin on Saturday nightCredit: REUTERS
Both men had to be prevented from exchanging punches after the bell

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Both men had to be prevented from exchanging punches after the bellPhoto credit: Reuters
Tony Bellew nearly got into a scuffle with a member of Team Bellew

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Tony Bellew nearly got into a scuffle with a member of Team BellewCredit: CHISANGA MALATA / THE SUN
The former WBC cruiserweight champion looked frustrated after the incident

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The former WBC cruiserweight champion looked frustrated after the incidentCredit: CHISANGA MALATA / THE SUN

AJ nearly clashed with Franklin after the closing bell but was held off by the referee. AS Franklin was restrained by a member of his team.

But former WBC cruiserweight king Bellew almost got in a fight with a member of Team Franklin.

Thankfully, no punches were thrown as Bellew was pulled away from the epicenter of the riot.

Bellew cut an angry figure as he walked away from the scene of the incident, which was just as lively as the fight itself.

The win over Franklin earned Joshua a two-fight losing streak inflicted on him by pound-for-pound king Oleksandr Usyk.

In his post-fight interview, he said: “The last time I reached for the mic it was a little bit chaotic so I’m calm.

“I appreciate every single person that comes out tonight.

“There’s a different kind of energy in this square circle here, so I apologize to anyone watching and seeing things like this because we’re athletes.”

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Though frustrated by Franklin’s bully tactics, Joshua insists he has the utmost respect for the 989 assassin.

He continued, “I respect Jermaine, I respect everyone here tonight.

“Eddie thank you for this opportunity, fans and people watching at home thank you too.”

When asked who he would like to fight next, including a possible fight with Tyson Fury, he said: “You know me, I like to provide for the fans.

“I know who the fans want. Who do the fans want? You said Fury?

“The ball is in his court, I’m 100 percent honored to be fighting for the WBC World Heavyweight Championship.

“I stand here and proudly say this, it would be my honor, so wherever you are, if you’re listening.

“You know my management, you know my promoter.

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“We’ve had dialect before, so we’re going to continue and hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later.

“We’re not getting any younger”

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