Saturday 16 December 2017

Chisora facing life-time ban

Germans want heavy sanctions after ugly brawl with Haye

DAVID HAYE is wanted for questioning by German police after brawling with fellow British heavyweight Dereck Chisora at the post-fight press conference in an incident that could lead to Chisora being banned for life.

Chisora was arrested yesterday by police at Munich Airport and was later released without charge after being interrogated about the ugly fracas.

Haye, the former world heavyweight champion, had meanwhile gone to ground in the UK after fleeing Munich early yesterday and was unavailable for comment. However, Adam Booth, Haye's trainer, said the retired fighter would comply with requests from the German authorities to return to Munich for questioning.

The sordid punch-up came after Chisora had slapped the face of world champion opponent Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in, and spat water in the face of Wladimir Klitschko in the ring at the Olympiahalle minutes before the bout, which was being broadcast in 150 countries.

It is understood that the German Boxing Federation (BDB) is pursuing a lifelong ban for both British fighters and has contacted the British Boxing Board of Control requesting that Chisora's licence be revoked.

Asked today whether a life ban was a possibility for Chisora, British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith said: "Of course it is. The board have many powers - they can fine, they can suspend and they can withdraw a licence."

Haye does not have a BBBofC licence, having officially retired in October, so the governing body is unlikely to be able to sanction him, but they will continue their investigations into the weekend's events today.

Smith said: "I will have to gather all the information from those authorities and put them before the main board of control."

The scenes of violence erupted after warring words between Chisora and Haye at the press conference. Chisora left the stage, approached Haye and went nose-to-nose before appearing to push the former champion and initiate the brawl which lasted at least five minutes. Haye appeared to throw the first punch, while clutching a bottle, and as the pair grappled on the floor, knocking over cameras and tripods, both entourages became embroiled in a scene of mayhem witnessed by more than 150 journalists who had packed into the room.

Haye then fought with Chisora's trainer, Don Charles, both men throwing punches, with Haye lifting a camera tripod and swinging it in front of him. Chisora shouted: "I am going to shoot you, I'm going to physically burn you" at Haye while claiming he had been "glassed". The confrontation between the pair left Haye's manager, Adam Booth, with a facial cut.

Police were called to the scene and are investigating attempted aggravated assault. Officers went to Haye's hotel in the early hours, looking for him. The German police authorities had yesterday requested footage of the incident from host broadcasters RTL, although a plethora of videos of the melee had gone viral on the internet.

Munich police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht said: "We don't know where Haye is. We want to speak to him about what happened. It's not a charge against David Haye. We have to report everything that happened."

Booth said last night: "We have not been contacted or called by the German police. Of course, we would answer any questions. We have nothing to run away from."

Booth revealed that Haye, and his two staff, had checked out of the Hilton Munich Park at around 2am, almost immediately after the press conference. Both Haye and Chisora were staying at the same hotel.

"We left the press conference, and it would have been stupid to go back to the same hotel," Booth said. "He had said he was going to assault David, and then screamed he was going to shoot him and burn him. We decided to go to the airport and get an early flight home."

There had been talk of Haye coming out of retirement to fight Vitali Klitschko this summer, but Booth added: "It's over. They clearly don't want to fight."

Frank Warren, Chisora's promoter, said: "It was totally unacceptable. I was really, really disgusted that Dereck spat water at Wladimir Klitschko in the ring. That was unbelievable.

"Then he has a great fight, and it turns into a disgusting scene that was totally unacceptable and makes you feel ashamed to be British. It was like football hooliganism, just awful."

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