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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

david haye chisora

david haye chisora

"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 and, ultimately, hope that all lessons learned from this incident will be implemented.

"I also hope Dereck Chisora is able to learn from his mistakes this past weekend, right the wrongs and then go on to fulfil his potential in the boxing ring.
"It is with regret that I feel I have to issue this statement to clarify certain matters, following an unfortunate incident that occurred on Saturday night (February 18) in Munich, Germany at the Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora post-fight press conference.
"I was in Munich to watch the WBC world heavyweight title bout between Klitschko and Chisora and provide punditry for BoxNation, and accredited as such.
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"During the post-fight press conference, I was stood at the back of the room. It wasn't until Bernd Bonte said my name and involved me in the press conference that I commented. I was then happy to banter back and forth with Bonte and Klitschko, keen to ascertain whether he (Vitali) would stay true to his word and reiterate his desire to do what his younger brother couldn't do – knock me out.
"I felt as though the public would want to hear more information about this potential bout and that we could both start beating the drum ahead of a showdown later this year.
"However, at this point Chisora began firing insults at me from his position on the top table. In fact, he has recently made a habit of saying derogatory things about me in the press.
"Moments before declaring he wanted to go face-to-face with me, Chisora assured the gathered media that he would give me 'two slaps'. Chisora had, of course, already been shrouded in controversy that weekend.
"Despite this, Chisora climbed down from the top table, removed his robe and then walked towards me, entourage in tow, in an aggressive manner. I held my ground, but, unfortunately, he caused a serious disturbance to occur, something which threatened to damage the reputation of the sport we both love.
"Regrettably, some members of his entourage also encouraged the chaos.
"Nevertheless, Chisora and I soon separated, brushed ourselves down and moved in opposite directions. The confrontation then reignited, however, and both Don Charles and Adam Booth became involved in the mess. Adam suffered a cut to the head.
"Thankfully, it didn't take long for the ruckus to again settle down. It was then that I heard Chisora say he planned to 'shoot me dead'.
"I decided to leave the venue and return to my hotel, a move which I hoped would diffuse the situation. However, Chisora's team were staying at the same hotel as me and, in light of the threats Chisora had made in front of the world's media, it seemed far more appropriate for me and Adam to leave the hotel as quickly as possible.
"Consequently, I left Munich on an earlier flight on Sunday morning and have been thinking about what happened ever since, as well as replaying the incident many times via YouTube. It goes without saying, I am bitterly disappointed to have been a part of what transpired on Saturday evening. "
British boxing’s bad boys Dereck Chisora and David Haye may be forbidden from holding bouts in Germany.
The country’s sporting officials are considering the ban after the two staged a brawl at a news conference after Chisora's points loss to WBC heavyweight champion, Vitaly Klitschko, on Saturday.

“I got the impression this guy is socially dangerous,” Thomas Putz, German boxing Federation’s President, told Sportbox.ru. “Chisora clearly has mental problems and, therefore, there’s nothing to do for him in the ring.”
The disqualification appears to be a severe punishment for the Britons as Germany has become the global hotspot for boxing in recent years, hosting the most important title bouts.
Chisora was released by the Munich police after questioning on Monday although he still faces an assault charge.
The 28-year-old promised to murder David Haye, shouting “I'll shoot him. I'll shoot him" in front of dozens of cameras.
As for Haye, the German Police also want a word with him, but they are still looking for the former WBA champ.
David Haye doesn't seem to think that fellow Brit Dereck Chisora has much chance in a few hours against Vitali Klitschko, saying that "Del Boy" might be able to win if Klitschko comes down with an injury:

"These guys are monsters, 6'8 or 6'9 and the grab a hold of you and put their weight on you and it's a lot of weight going through your system. It will be very tough for Chisora, but Vitali is 40 years of age. He has well documented problems with his knees. So you never know if Vitali ruptures his knee or dislocates his shoulder - [Chisora] might have a chance."

Well there's a ringing endorsement if ever I've read one. This also begs for the world's nine millionth crappy "David Haye's toe" joke, but let's not.Chisora (15-2, 9 KO) is getting a lot of comparisons to Buster Douglas thrown his way. I'm going to say something, and it probably won't come off how I mean, but it's going to be a long day and I'm quite tired, so whatever: Putting Klitschko vs Chisora on level with Tyson vs Douglas just doesn't quite seem right. You've got to be a serious fanatic to envision this fight being along those lines, I believe.I do expect a better-than-normal fight today, as I've said many times. But Douglas had operated on the world stage before. Chisora's best opponent has been Robert Helenius, whose best win is, what, Siarhei Liakhovich? It was a good fight, and Chisora was robbed, but this is just such a tall order. I dare say that Vitali in 2012, even at 40, and even not being a marketing phenom, is more dominant over his peer group than Tyson was by 1990. Is Chisora in Douglas' league, comparatively? It's debatable, I feel, and I think I learn toward "no."

But we'll see today. I'm genuinely excited to see this guy take his crack.

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