Heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora of England had himself quite a week didn’t he? Unprovoked, he slapped Vitali Klitschko across the face at the weigh-in for their Saturday heavyweight title fight in Munich, Germany.
In the dressing room before the bout, Chisora threatened not to fight because of an issue over his hand wraps. When he finally got his rear end into the ring, he spit water in the face of Vitali’s brother, fellow champ Wladimir Klitschko.
And then Chisora fought Vitali and lost a lopsided decision against a one-armed fighter because Klitschko had torn a ligament in his left shoulder in the third round. But Chisora put up a game fight, made it exciting and acted with more class during the actual bout than he did before or after.
After the fight, of course, he was still itching for a fight and wound up in a bottle-swinging brawl with former titlist David Haye at the news conference. Haye had been interrupting the proceedings trying to goad Klitschko into a fight before he and Chisora got into it. But Chisora instigated the physical confrontation when he left the dais and got in Haye’s face. After the brawl was over and Haye had left, Chisora – like a lunatic –- began screaming and yelling about how he wanted to fight Haye and if he didn’t fight him, he would “literally shoot” Haye and “burn” him. Crazy stuff.
Well on Monday, after being detained by German police because of the brawl and the threats, Chisora issued a statement apologizing for his unacceptable antics.
“Following the extensive media coverage that my WBC world heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in Munich at the weekend has attracted, I feel I must wholeheartedly apologize for my part in the regrettable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career,” Chisora said in the statement sent out by Richard Maynard, spokesperson for Frank Warren, Chisora’s promoter.
“Whilst my behavior was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over. However this is, of course, no excuse. I cannot go into the specific details at the moment as quite rightly the British Boxing Board of Control will be investigating this matter and also the altercation that took place between David Haye and myself where I was struck by a bottle.
“Despite all of this, the bottom line is, I have let my family, my team and, worst of, all the sport I love down. I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation. Now, with a cool head and the benefit of hindsight, my actions at the weekend were regrettable to say the least and I am deeply embarrassed at the scenes reported in the media. I acknowledge that I have a duty as a professional boxer to conduct myself properly at all times, especially with boxing being a sport of controlled aggression. I have let lots of people down on Saturday night, including myself, and for that I am truly sorry.
In Munich I fully cooperated with the German authorities and as a result I was released without charge. I will be making no further comment at this stage and will wait for any formal hearing to take place.”
Sad as it is, a Chisora-Haye fight would now be huge business in England. Warren even suggested -– before the physical altercation -– that Chisora and Haye fight with the winner getting a fight with Vitali. This is boxing. I can certainly it happening.