Chisora ban controversy


LONDON British heavyweight Dereck Chisora has been banned indefinitely by the World Boxing Council (WBC) for what the organisation called one of the worst behaviours ever by a professional.

The 28-year-old Zimbabwe-born fighter, beaten on points by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Munich earlier this month, was involved in an ugly brawl with fellow countryman David Haye at the post-match news conference.

The WBC is imposing a serious fine to be finally determined after a hearing to be held under the supervision of our counsel representative attorney Stephen Beverly, WBC president Jose Sulaiman of Mexico said in a statement.

The WBC . . . declares an indefinite suspension against fighting again for a WBC title while demanding Chisora takes an anger management medical treatment after which his suspension will be reconsidered.

The action immediately drew condemnation from Chisoras manager and promoter Frank Warren, who described it as arbitrary and against the laws of natural justice. As his manager, I expect him to have a fair hearing.

If he is found guilty of misconduct then so be it, but until we have a hearing I dont see how anybody can determine what he is guilty of without hearing evidence from all the parties concerned, Warren told Sky News.

Warren said he was surprised by Sulaimans declaration, coming ahead of a hearing scheduled for March 14 at which Chisora will be asked to explain his actions leading up to and in the immediate aftermath of his fight with Klitschko.

Chisora slapped Klitschko on the cheek at the weigh-in and spat water into the face of the Ukrainians younger brother, Vladimir, who holds the WBO, IBF, WBA and IBO crowns, during the pre-fight ceremonies.

Chisora who arrived in England as a 16-year-old from Zimbabwe was questioned by German police before being released over his brawl with Haye, the former world heavyweight champion who lost to Vladimir Klitschko in July.

Haye had been attending the bout and news conference as a television pundit. He exchanged words with Klitschkos manager Bernd Boente and Chisora, and the row degenerated when Chisora got up to confront his fellow Briton and the pair traded blows.

Hayes manager Adam Booth suffered a cut head during the brawl. During the fracas, Chisora was heard to say he would shoot and burn Haye.

But Haye who is likely to avoid any sanctions because he is officially retired has since admitted in a TV interview to throwing the first punch while clenching a glass bottle. Haye is wanted for questioning by German police over his part in the altercation.

Warren, while admitting he had no defence for some of Chisoras actions, insisted the London-based boxer was being unfairly treated compared to other fighters like Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather.

He blasted: There hasnt been any hearing, no-one has been called to give any evidence, I have never heard of anything like it before . . . bans made without people giving any evidence or for that matter taking statements of people who have offended.