WBC climbdown on Chisora


LONDON World Boxing Council (WBC) president Jose Sulaiman has claimed the body will hold a proper hearing as soon as possible despite already handing Dereck Chisora an indefinite ban and heavy fine following his behaviour before and after his heavyweight title bout with Vitali Klitschko in Munich.

Chisora slapped his Ukrainian opponent at the weigh-in and spat water at Klitschkos brother Wladimir just prior to the contest, before being embroiled in a brawl with British rival David Haye at the post-fight press conference.

The WBC confirmed the ban in a statement, in which they said they were demanding Chisora take anger management medical treatment after which his suspension will be reconsidered.

Chisoras promoter Frank Warren hit out at their comments and questioned how a punishment could be issued without an official process.

Sulaiman, however, insists there will in fact be a hearing and insists there is light at the end of the tunnel for Chisora if he meets their demands.

Wed like to have the doctors certify it and if they say he is approved we would definitely consider (ending the ban), he told Sky Sports News.

He is a human being so were not going to put him in the trash. He made a mistake. He must pay for the mistake, but also we have to give him another opportunity.

Were going to have a hearing. The attorney representing the WBC is Steven Beverley. He is our legal counsel in England. He will be in charge of the hearing.

It will take place as soon as possible. Were asking our representative to go ahead and do the hearing immediately.

Sulaiman added: He needs it (anger management therapy). Ive never seen before, in my 67 years in boxing, someone behave with so much anger, so much hate.

Warren, commenting on the WBC statement, earlier said: Is Jose Sulaiman a qualified psychiatrist or does he have any medical qualifications? Until someone who does examines or talks about Chisora if indeed that is what needs to be done then I would say he is not qualified to say that.