Video: Contender slaps champ in the face during weigh-in for WBC heavyweight title fight
Published 17/02/2012 | 15:51
DERECK Chisora has given giant Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko all the ammunition he needs by 'sucker' slapping the champion in the face at this afternoon's weigh-in ahead of tomorrow's WBC heavyweight title challenge.
The London heavyweight's actions were immediately labelled "unacceptable" by his own trainer Don Charles, and by manager Francis Warren, who said it had shocked the team as much as it had Klitschko and onlookers, and that they had been "completely unaware" that their fighter would pull such a stunt.
Warren said: "No one expect him to do that. It's not something we would condone. Maybe he is trying to alter the way Klitschko is thinking about him. It was unprovoked and he should have been concentrating on doing that tomorrow night."
Unpredictable Chisora, 28, has previously kissed an opponent at a weigh-in, and bitten an opponent in the ring. He may now face action from the British Boxing Board for bringing the sport into disrepute.
After weighing in at 17 stone 3lbs - just a pound heavier than his lightest weight for a professional bout - Chisora literally butted heads with the 6ft 7in world champion, before slapping the left-hand side of his rival's face hard.
The two men were pulled apart, with a furious-looking Klitschko, who had weighed in three pounds heavier, left with a red mark on the left side of his head.
The pair exchanged profanities before Chisora was quickly whisked out of the Karstadt Sports Store.
Klitschko, who weighed in at 17st 5lbs, was quick with a withering response.
"What can you expect from a guy who hits his girlfriend?" he said. "I'm glad he has agreed to fight a man again."
Chisora has now given Klitschko every reason he could ever want to knock the Briton out in his 10th successive defence of the WBC heavyweight title.