Tony Bellew has revealed he wrote a will before fighting David Haye out of concerns he might not survive their meeting and claims he found some of the comments made by the veteran before the bout "absolutely disgusting".
Boxing has been rocked by a number of serious recent incidents, Nick Blackwell being left in a coma by Chris Eubank Jr in March 2016 and Scottish boxer Mike Towell passing away after a fight in September.
"There's people in situations and it's very, very frightening. The situations some fighters have been in recently. I'll be honest, it scares me," Bellew told Boxing News.
"People don't know this but I wrote a will before that fight. It's the only time I've ever done it in my whole career. I wrote a will two weeks before, leaving everything to my missus in case anything happened to me, because I knew he was capable of really, really hurting me.
"Don't get me wrong, I knew I'm capable of hurting him too. That's the extreme measure I went to."
Haye told Bellew he wanted to leave the Liverpudlian hospitalised and said he intended to "cave his skull in" before their clash at the O2 Arena.
The 36-year-old stood by those remarks even after he was surprisingly beaten by technical knockout in the 11th round, having earlier suffered an Achilles tendon injury.
"To hear this guy saying the things he was saying, I just found it absolutely disgusting," Bellew said.
"I can't even lie and tell you it's water under the bridge because it's not, I think he's an a******e.
"I think he was wrong for saying the things he said. I could've forgiven him if he came out after the fight and said that he'd said things just to get a reaction out of me but he hasn't, he's come out and said he actually meant every single word he said. That disgusted me even more.
"It's all done with now and the only person who went to hospital that night was that clown. Funny how it all works out."