“You are f----- now, Chisora, you are now really f-----!” was Vitali’s reaction after being slapped by Chisora.
Adam Booth, Haye’s trainer labeled this action as a “professional suicide,” and I could not have put it any better. Even Don Charles, Chisora’s trainer was in sheer disbelief, saying “That was utterly unacceptable. I’m speechless.”
What could this action spell for Chisora? Embarrassment, pain, and most importantly, any chance of looking like a fighter instead of a clown.
The most important and almost revolutionary detail to notice about this entire incident, is the fact that Vitali, a champion who never reacts or lets his emotions go wild, said what he did. For Vitali to use profanity is pretty amazing, and I think that we might see a completely different Vitali in the ring—the kind we saw against Lennox Lewis back in the day: hungry, angry and determined to take his opponent apart.
Chisora made a bad mistake against the wrong kind of opponent, and now, his well being is a gamble. Maybe it was a good way to promote and sell the fight, but at what cost?