When the question of a lifetime ban for Chisora was put to Robert Smith, the general secretary of the BBBoC (British Boxing Board of Control), this is what he had to say:
“Of course it is. The board have many powers—they can fine, they can suspend and they can withdraw a licence.”
“There are many powers to them, but let's just get there first before we speculate what we're going to do.”
Chisora had failed in his attempt to usurp Vitali Klitschko’s WBC heavyweight crown—losing via unanimous decision.
The leadup to the bout itself has been shrouded in controversy—first Chisora slapped Klitschko at the weigh-in, then minutes prior to the fight being contested, he spat water in the face of Wladimir, the younger brother of Vitali.
The melee at the press conference was a result of Chisora goading and then confronting Haye, an infraction that led to his arrest by the German police. He was later released, but could still face assault charges, especially after ranting that he would shoot Haye.
Conversely, Haye, who Chisora accused of glassing him, is unlikely to face the same fate as the latter. That said, his involvement in the fracas is likely to quash any possibilities of a future fight with his fellow Londoner or either of the Klitschko brothers.
Thus far, Chisora has borne the full brunt of the post-fight scuffle. However, his promoter Frank Warren believes his fighter wasn’t the sole catalyst in the press-junket debacle.
"His emotions were high, his face was bleeding," Warren said of Chisora.
"But it was unacceptable. I'm not trying to defend him—I'm just explaining the facts and what exactly did happen."
"What happened as far as Dereck's concerned [threatening to shoot Haye]—call it 'street talk,' call it whatever you want—it's ridiculous, it's out of order, it's wrong. Nobody can condone that. Saying you're going to shoot somebody in front of 250 press, to say the least, is a stupid remark."
"It was unacceptable. Everybody has to accept some responsibility—Dereck Chisora, David Haye, the British Boxing Board of Control, myself..."
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