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Boxing stars Chris Eubank and Prince Naseem Hamed were involved in an amazing airport punch-up last night.

Hundreds of stunned passengers watched as the ring heroes laid into each other.

Promoter Frank Warren had to step in to keep the fighters apart.

Naseem's championship belts were hurled across the floor of Heathrow's Terminal Three in the bust-up. Eubank got a bloodied lip.

Naseem was waiting to check in for a flight to the United States when the scuffle started

His publicist Frankie Burstin said last night: "Naz wasn't looking for trouble. Eubank threatened to slap him and Naz laughed in his faze - which angered Chris further.

"He tried to slap Naz but he was too quick. Naz ducked and retaliated which is his instinct."

Five foot ten Eubank last night denied his littler opponent hit him.

He said: "Naz was taunting and goading me and he got my goat. I grabbed the belts and threw them to the floor. Next thing he's swung at me. He missed. It was all very ungentlemanly."

But Frankie said: "He did make contact. Unfortunately when someone threatens Naz he rises to it."

The rumpus began when Eubank turned up at the airport to speak to Warren who was with Naseem.

Middleweight Eubank was swamped by autograph hunters.

World featherweight champion Naseem taunted Eubank over the fact that he currently holds no titles. Eye witness Joe Bedminster, who works at Heathrow said: "He called over to Eubank `You haven't got any of these,' waving his belts.

"Eubank was just saying `shut up' but then he grabbed the belts off Naz and threw them across the floor.

"They went flying and smashed into a pillar. Naz went for Chris and threw a punch at him."

Police were called to the airport but there were no arrests.
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Author:Brough, Graham
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 23, 1997
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