Monday 23 October 2017

Chisora faces fight to save career

Gareth A Davies

Dereck Chisora last night apologised "wholeheartedly" for brawling with David Haye in Munich but has had £70,000 withheld from his purse on the request of the World Boxing Council as he battles to save his career.

Haye, who remains the target of a police investigation in Germany, also broke his silence yesterday after fleeing Munich in the early hours of Sunday. There was regret, but no apology, from the former heavyweight champion.

Haye said in a statement that he "would happily assist the German boxing authorities" in their inquiries while laying the blame for the fracas at the post-fight press conference firmly with Chisora, who, he said "caused a serious disturbance to occur".

Munich police will have to seek permission in court to bring Haye to Germany for questioning, which could require the involvement of Scotland Yard. That process could take "days or weeks", a Munich police spokesman confirmed.

Assault and grievous bodily harm in Germany could carry a sentence of up to 10 years. Gottfried Schlicht, of Munich police, admitted detectives are at an impasse until Haye is located. "Until we speak to Haye, nothing more can happen," he said. "We've heard Dereck Chisora and now we wait to hear David Haye."

Chisora was interviewed for seven hours by German police on Sunday after being detained at Munich airport. He was released without charge.

Wolfgang Wenger, another Munich police spokesman, said: "From what we can see in the videos, and of course there may also be other evidence, it seems to be a case of assault, as well as suspicion of grievous bodily harm because perhaps a bottle or tripod was also used to hit someone."

Chisora has been called to a British Boxing Board misconduct hearing on March 14 where he will face disciplinary action from stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control with regard to his behaviour "prior, during and after his contest" in the WBC heavyweight championship defeat against Vitali Klitschko.

Those actions include slapping Klitschko's face at the weigh-in, spitting water into the face of his brother Wladimir in the ring, and brawling with Haye after the world title fight.

Chisora said last night: "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. I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes." Chisora maintained his claim that he was "struck by a bottle".

Haye, meanwhile, blamed Chisora for the incident in his statement.

"Chisora walked towards me, entourage in tow, in an aggressive manner. I held my ground, but, unfortunately, he caused a serious disturbance to occur.

"I realise I am no angel -- and don't mind a bit of professional trash-talk to help raise boxing's profile -- but, during my 21 years in the sport, I have never been involved in, or even witnessed, such a serious fracas."

"If requested, I shall happily assist the boxing authorities with any investigation they wish to launch. I also hope Dereck Chisora is able to learn from his mistakes this past weekend."

Haye explained that in light of the threats from Chisora that he would "shoot" and "burn" the British boxer, he had decided to leave Munich soon after the punch-up.

Robert Smith, secretary of the BBBC, insisted that the case was being treated "with the utmost seriousness", the board having stated yesterday that they have no jurisdiction over Haye as he does not hold a boxing licence.

The unsavoury event has not stopped Klitschko from considering a future title fight with Haye. "A fight with David Haye is very interesting to me," he said.

Irish Independent

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