By Geoff Poundes
British boxing sunk to a new low in Munich last night, when Dereck Chisora and David Haye ambushed the post-fight press conference following Chisora’s losing tilt at Vitali Klitschko’s WBC heavyweight title.
Haye, who lost out last summer in an ineffectual challenge for Wladmir Klitschko’s belts, vented his frustrations at stalled contract talks for a fight with Vitali, by shouting his challenges across the floor at the press conference – clearly angering Chisora, who retorted by pitching for a fight in the UK with Haye. Haye was having none of it: “You’ve lost your last three fights!”
Chisora then lifted his microphone and walked the length of the hall to confront Haye, who was holdng a bottle of some sort, and there ensued a scuffle reminiscent of the Tyson-Lewis encounter some years ago. Haye’s manager Adam Booth came out of it with a gash on the top of his head, and Chisora, clearly out of control, hopped around the room claiming over and over again that Haye had “bottled” him. Haye promptly disappeared only for Chisora to shout in full hearing of all present: “I’m going to find David Haye and shoot him.”
Both British fighters have re-written the rules of poor taste in relation to the Klitschko’s. Haye entered into a hate campaign for two years before his Klitschko fight, featuring T-shirts with decapitated heads, and phone apps belittling the brothers, while Chisora took a cheap shot by slapping Vitali at their weigh-in and then by spitting water over Wladmir as the ring announcements were being made last night.
Whilst the fracas went on in front of him at the presser, Vitali sported a wide grin and seemed amused by the events, but the Klitschko’s must be bemused by their encounters with the British. Various boxing dignitaries in the UK have come out and expressed their deep displeasure at the two British fighter’s antics, with some going so far as to suggest that their licences be withdrawn and never returned (of course, Haye has already surrendered his when he sham retired last year).
Frank Warren, Chisora’s promoter, labelled the brawl as “disgraceful” and called for the British Boxing Board to act, but secretly he’ll have informed his bank manager to line the vaults in anticipation of a Haye-Chisora summer match-up which, of course, will now generate the big bucks. Rest assured, whatever sanctions the authorities throw at Haye and Chisora, they won’t get in the way of business.
For now, Dereck Chisora languishes in a German jail, having been arrested at Munich airport, and it’s understood that Haye will be joining him as soon as the Bundeszpolicia can lay their hands on him. There are those of us who enjoy our boxing for the sport, and would be happy to see the two idiots kept under lock and key indefinitely.