Friday 24 November 2017

Boxing: Are brawling pair Chisora and Haye really quite clever?

David Haye and Dereck Chisora. Photo: Reuters
David Haye and Dereck Chisora. Photo: Reuters

Mark Staniforth

DERECK Chisora faces the prospect of a ban from boxing following his post-fight brawl with David Haye in Munich on Saturday night, while David Haye is far from guaranteed to regain his licence should he reapply.

But with Chisora facing a hearing at the British Boxing Board of Control next month and Haye holidaying in Vegas while still wanted for questioning by German police, we take a look at all the possible eventualities.

CHISORA BANNED: Chisora is highly unlikely to be banned for life. Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith was simply - rightly - refusing to rule anything out when asked about that particular option this week.

Chisora had a record of offending even prior to the build-up to his fight with Vitali Klitschko, and has previously been banned for biting.

But it is a fact that there have been other fighters in recent times - Herbie Hide springs readily to mind - with worse rap sheets who have been allowed to keep their licences.

That said, Chisora almost certainly faces a ban of some description. The Board must act to avoid turning the sport into even more of a laughing stock. A sanction of somewhere in the region of two years would seem the most appropriate option.

That would mean Chisora could return to the sport having barely turned 30 - plenty of time to re-launch a heavyweight career, although it would remain to be seen what kind of effect such a lay-off would have on his title chances.

HAYE BARRED: Haye, who is currently unlicensed, claims he will only fight again against one of the Klitschko brothers, and given their apparent lack of interest, has supposedly entered into permanent retirement.

It is to be hoped the Klitschkos have indeed washed their hands of the discredited Londoner, because given his abject performance against Wladimir last year there is frankly no justification whatsoever in him doing it all over again.

Haye's hopes will also likely be hit by his licensing issue. If Chisora is banned, it would be only right for Haye to be denied the right to box again - should he seek it - for the same duration.

Haye could get around the problem. He could seek a licence elsewhere - former Klitschko challenger Danny Williams recently gained a Latvian licence - but few major jurisdictions, not least Germany, would accept it.

CHISORA v HAYE: They are at pains to insist their Munich maul was nothing to do with drumming up publicity for a future fight, but it is still odds-on that Chisora and Haye will clash somewhere down the line.

Such a showdown would be a repugnant example of all that is wrong with the sport today, and many would feel a moral obligation to turn their backs in order to prevent Haye and Chisora profiting from their antics.

But money talks in boxing, and the sad fact is that when Chisora's likely ban is served, a fight with Haye would make absolute sense in terms of establishing which of the pair was best equipped to launch himself back at one of the Klitschkos.

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