Conte, Martinez settle scores with friendly boxing match

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martinez pulled no punches in a heated confrontation during Wednesday’s victory over AS Roma.

Inter Milan coach, Antonio Conte. - REUTERS

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martinez pulled no punches in a heated confrontation during Wednesday’s victory over AS Roma but the pair settled their differences in a light-hearted boxing match at their training ground on Thursday.

Players and staff built a makeshift ring using cones and tape, with Conte and Martinez both wearing boxing gloves as they were introduced by Inter striker turned ring announcer Romelu Lukaku.

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“Live from Madison Square Garden, it’s Lautaro Martinez!” said Lukaku as the players cheered for the Argentine striker in a video posted on the club’s Twitter account.

 

Lukaku’s introduction of Conte drew playful boos before the ring announcer yelled: ‘Let’s get ready to rumble!’

The video clip marked an harmonious ending to the touchline fall out between the pair on Wednesday when Conte substituted Martinez, who reacted angrily by kicking a water bottle and throwing his shirt to the ground. The pair appeared to have made up as they were all smiles during the friendly bout, where they exchanged a few soft punches before posing for pictures.

Inter has already won the Serie A title, its first Scudetto for 11 years.

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