Thursday 23 November 2017

Boxing: David Haye heads for holiday in Las Vegas as German police prosecutors examine Dereck Chisora brawl case

DAVID Haye flew out of the country bound for Las Vegas on Tuesday as German police prosecutors took over investigations into the fracas in Munich with fellow British heavyweight Dereck Chisora, following his defeat to Vitali Klitschko in a world title bout.

As Haye went on holiday to Sin City, Munich police have left the events “in process” with a prosecutor who will decide whether the incident merits a case being brought against the former world heavyweight champion, which could require extradition for interviews.

Chisora was arrested, questioned and released on Sunday, having grappled with Haye and vowed to “shoot” his rival during their confrontation. Haye, who punched Chisora with a fist clutching a glass bottle and swung a camera tripod at Chisora’s trainer Don Charles, headed straight for the airport with manager Adam Booth afterwards.

Sabine Mandlmeier, a spokesman for Munich Police, told Telegraph Sport on Tuesday night that “a state attorney was now responsible for the process, and will go to the court in Germany if they find it is necessary to bring Mr Haye for interviews. They would then gain permission from the British authorities to interview anyone over the events”.

Scotland Yard confirmed that if Haye were to be extradited to Germany for interviews, or if German police officers wished to come to the UK to interview the fighter, permission would have to be sought by the German authorities from the Home Office or the Foreign Office. The Munich police press bureau said it was “unlikely” that German police officers would come to the UK.

Haye could technically face up to 10 years in a German prison if found guilty of “dangerous assault” during Saturday’s shocking press conference brawl with Chisora, who could also be jailed for two years if found guilty. Any action is more likely to be in the form of strong financial penalties.

Munich police have revealed they could take up to two weeks to contact Haye in connection with the incident.

“It is not a serious charge, like murder – it is just a case involving two famous people,” said a spokesman.

Haye arrived at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday afternoon, before boarding a flight to Las Vegas, and then posted a picture of himself in a first-class seat on Twitter.

Booth said that the boxer had no plans to fight Chisora and no plans to fight again professionally and maintained that he would only consider coming out of retirement for a bout with World Boxing Council champion Vitali Klitschko.

The Klitschko camp have indicated that Haye is not of interest to them, leaving Booth to speculate that his retirement could be permanent.

“David is still retired, he has no plans to fight again,” said Booth . “He’s always said the only people he would come out of retirement to fight is one of the Klitschko brothers and what happened on Saturday night doesn’t change that one bit.”

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