Near-mortal ring rivals, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai, had to be pulled apart, following a near-clash during an interview at the Metro FM studio in Lagos lat Friday.

Relationship between the two boxers has been combustible since Joe Boy defeated Prince via a knockout in a challenge contest at GOtv Boxing Night 4.

It got worse after their second fight when Joe Boy dethroned Prince as the national lightweight champion at GOtv Boxing Night 7.

The duo is billed to clash again at GOtv Boxing Night 10, holding at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, on December 26, 2016.

Asked on Metro FM what fans should expect in their next clash, Joe Boy said his opponent, who goes by the ring name Prince, is his slave.

“I have beaten him before and will beat him again. He calls himself Prince, but he is my slave. I will send him on retirement. He is due for retirement,” said Joe Boy.

His response got Prince into red-eyed rage. Shouting into the microphone, the former champion said he is happy to have an opportunity to avenge previous defeats, which he claimed he did not deserve.

But Joe Boy interjected before he could finish, an action Prince did not take kindly to. With his hands rolled into fists, he moved towards his opponent, who also responded in kind, forcing the interviewer to step between them to prevent an all-out clash.