David Haye and Dereck Chisora Issue Statements on their Munich Brawl
According to the Dailymail, former two-division titlist David Haye and Dereck Chisora have both released statements expressing their regret regarding the post-fight press conference brawl in Munich this past Saturday night.
"It is with regret that I feel I have to issue this statement to clarify certain matters, following an unfortunate incident that occurred on Saturday night in Munich, Germany at the Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora post-fight press conference.
I was in Munich to watch the WBC world heavyweight title bout between Klitschko and Chisora and provide punditry for BoxNation, and accredited as such.
During the post-fight press conference, I was stood at the back of the room. It wasn't until Bernd Bonte said my name and involved me in the press conference that I commented."
Read Hayes full statement here.
Following the extensive media coverage that my WBC World Heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in Munich at the weekend has attracted, I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career.
Whilst my behaviour was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over, however this is of course no excuse.
I cannot go into the specific details at the moment as quite rightly the British Boxing Board of Control will be investigating this matter and also the altercation that took place between David Haye and myself where I was struck by a bottle.
Read Chisora’s full statement here.
Prior to the Munich fiasco, Chisora had attempted to unseat Vitali Klitschko as the WBC heavyweight champion, but lost the bout by way of unanimous decision.
Apropos the mayhem at the post-fight press junket—what started out as some petty verbal sparring between the two fighters soon escalated when Chisora confronted Haye, thus resulting in a brief but violent scuffle.
As a consequence, both fighters are now facing lifetime bans from boxing. However, this doesn’t necessarily apply to Haye as he recently retired from the sport. If he were to reapply for his boxing license, he could end up in the same boat as Chisora.
Following the brawl, the Zimbabwe-born fighter was arrested and then released by the German police whilst Haye is still wanted for questioning.
That said, this isn’t the first time that Chisora has been on the wrong side of the law or the boxing authorities. In 2010 he was given a suspended jail sentence following an assault on his ex-girlfriend.
The 28-year-old also has convictions for assaulting a police officer as well as for being in possession of an offensive weapon. And in 2009 he was given a four month suspension by the BBBoC (British Boxing Board of Control) for biting the ear of his opponent Paul Butlin.
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