LONDON — Dereck Chisora is “really embarrassed” about his behaviour in Munich last month ahead of Wednesday’s British Boxing Board of Control hearing which could see him incur a significant ban from the ring.
The Zimbabwe-born Londoner could be hit with a significant ban by the board over incidents both before and after his WBC heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko on February 18.
Chisora slapped Klitschko at the pre-fight weigh-in, spat water in his brother Wladimir’s face during the introductions and then brawled with British rival David Haye at the Press conference afterwards.
Chisora — who was arrested, questioned and then released by German police the following day — quickly apologised, but could be banned for around a year when board officials convene in Cardiff this week.
Ahead of the hearing, he told the Independent: “All I want is to give my side of things and be treated fairly. But whatever punishment they inflict, I’ll take it on the chin.
“Maybe they’ve already made up their minds. Maybe they want to make an example of me. Everything’s in God’s hands. If they ban me, I’m not going to be sulking around the house. I’ll still be training because I’m a fighter and I love fighting.
“I just hope they realise how sorry I am and that all I really want is for me to be allowed to get back in the ring again and do what I do best, and fight. Because I know one day I will be the world heavyweight champion and that Britain will be proud of me.”
The 28-year-old admits he has already suffered repercussions after his mother collapsed following the incident.
“I got a call to say she’d had a panic attack and been rushed to hospital,” he revealed.
“Her first words to me when I got back and went straight to the hospital were: ‘What are you going to do if they take away your licence?’ There was nothing I could say to her. All I could do was keep quiet.
“Believe me, I’m more afraid of my mother than any opponent in the ring. She is worried they’ll take away my licence to box and where I’ll go to from here. She depends on me.”
Chisora — who insists his actions were partly prompted by the Klitschkos’ attempts to “wind me up” — added: “When I look back on it all now I am really embarrassed. There was nothing premeditated. It was all spontaneous. Something kicked in. It just happened.
“When I slapped Vitali I immediately regretted it. I was thinking to myself: ‘What did I do that for?”’
He also insists his repeated vows to “shoot David Haye” were empty threats.
“I was shouting, ‘I am going to shoot you’, but I would never do that, I don’t have a gun, I’ve never owned one and never will.
“It was just a stupid remark. Obviously I regret everything I did and said. Looking back, it would have been better had I stayed at home.” —Reuters