Boxing fans reacted with a mixture of disbelief and laughter on Saturday after a station sat next to former two-weight world champion David Haye and instead addressed a white journalist during a section of Black History Month.
The clip quickly hit social media after BT Sports host Paul Dempsey announced – ahead of Liam Williams’ successful defense of his British middleweight title against Andrew Robinson – that “no one is better placed on our team” to get over ” Black History Month “as Steve Bunce, although Haye sat next to him.
“I’ve seen this five times in a row and I’m still in shock but also crying,” one fan wrote on Twitter while another added, “Looooooooool Steve ?! I thought you were going to let David give his moment. What on earth . “
Others were similarly incredulous, adding, “I really wasn’t expecting Steve Bunce” and “Every cell in my body thought he was going to turn to Haye, every one.”
Every cell in my body thought he was turning to Haye, every single one. ????????????
– Jamie Ramage (@ jramage84) October 10, 2020
Former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Truax reacted with dismay.
“Nobody is better placed? The man is sitting right next to you !! Is this a comedy show from the 1980s? “Asked Bellew.
Bunce, 57, is a boxing journalist, broadcaster and historian who has written a book on the history of British boxing. As several fans noted, he was well placed to discuss the matter despite being white.
They felt, however, that Dempsey’s phrase was that he had been given a hospital pass, and the presenter was compared to comedy character Alan Partridge.
“The thing is, Steve Bunce is the perfect person to talk about black boxers. It’s a boxing encyclopedia. But the setup and the fact that Haye was sitting right next to him make up this #AccidentalPartridge. “
Another echoed a similar feeling that Bunce is a “walking boxing encyclopedia” while a third asked, “Bunce is a boxing historian, but why did he arrange it with Haye next to him?”
Bunce himself asked fans, following the reaction on social media, to judge the segment he was presenting, not its introduction.
Can someone please post the middleweight tribute I did last night – let people rule the fuss. Many people quickly click the switch on the electric chair without hearing a word. Just the tribute, not the delivery to me. Many Thanks.
– Steve Bunce (@bigdaddybunce) October 11, 2020
“Can someone please post the middleweight tribute I did last night – let people make the excitement,” he tweeted.
“A lot of people quickly click the switch on the electric chair without hearing a word. Just the tribute, not the delivery to me. Many Thanks.”
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