NI boxing star Steven 'Duffer' Donnelly (9-0, 4KOs) was engaged in a war of words with fellow countryman and bitter rival Caoimhin 'Black Thunder' Agyarko (9-0, 6KOs) on Twitter which escalated rapidly when racist and violent references were used.
Agyarko tweeted the following warning to Donnelly after much back and forth between the rival boxers: "Boy better stop seaking on my name. Is he not a retired alcoholic?"
To which the Rio 2016 Olympian shockingly replied, "Fight me soon then you black wee c**t".
He also violently replied to the same tweet with: "Hehe I'll fight you any day of the week you wee scumbag, if only you got stabbed in the right place ;)"
The savage words were used in reference to an incident in 2017 when Caoimhín was brutally stabbed in the face in the Donegall Place area of Belfast by a large group of men after enjoying a night out with his girlfriend.
Donnelly emphatically won Ultimate Boxxer in 2019, but has only fought once since, in March 2020. Signed to MTK Global, the troubed fighter later deleted the offending tweets and apologised for his actions, tweeting: "Listen, no excuse for the nonsense I said. I need proper help and in a bad place for a long time. Don't know how long I've left but it won't be too long. Sorry."
Ohara Davies, who has suffered plenty of abuse himself during his pro boxing career, was shocked by the tweets, stating, "I wake up this morning and see that during all this football racism, one boxer comes on Twitter call another a black c**t, this is a bit mad but I think that MTK Global need to take a look at this and do something about this, no place for this crap."
Agyarko admitted to going too far also, replying to a Twitter user that condemned his decision to comment on Donnelly being an alcoholic: "I understand that and you're not wrong, but it's nothing he doesn't deserve, he's tried to terrorise me for years, been calling me out since I was 16/17 year old kid and he's disrespected me in many ways."
MTK Global have yet to make a statement on the behaviour of the fighter they represent.