Klitschko vs. Chisora: Fake Apology Won't Garner Sympathy After Brawl
After he embarrassed himself by slapping his opponent in a pre-fight press conference and brawling with a former heavyweight post-fight, Dereck Chisora's run-of-the-mill apology will do nothing to clear his name.
Just to recap, before a title fight against Vitali Klitschko on Feb. 18, Chisora slapped his opponent across the face and barraged him with insults, then proceeded to be pummeled 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 in the bout itself.
Then, after the fight, he got into a heated exchange with pundit and former champion boxer David Haye, which led to blows.
Afterward, he issued this lackluster apology:
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.
Despite all of this, the bottom line is, I have let my family, my team and worst of all the sport I love down. I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation.
Now, with a cool head and the benefit of hindsight, my actions at the weekend were regrettable to say the least and I am deeply embarrassed at the scenes reported in the media.
To sum it up, Chisora contends that he was provoked into behaving the way he did, but wasn't strong enough to resist—all in all, a weak attempt at taking accountability for his foolishness.
This person is supposed to be a professional, and when he fails to display the professionalism expected of him, he thinks people are going to take pity on him because something happened "behind the scenes" to set him off?
Nice try. Plenty of people go to work upset, annoyed and irritated, and they still get their jobs done. Does that mean they can slap their bosses, even if they are "provoked" by harmless verbal jabs?
Chisora received plenty of press for his pre- and post-fight antics, none of which, of course, had anything to do with the match itself.
He's kind of like Courtney Robertson on this season of The Bachelor: They both know they can't possibly get any press for anything related to the task at hand—winning—so they settle for antagonistic low blows that, if nothing else, make headlines.
Chisora's lame apology will do nothing to assure the British Boxing Board of Control that he is in any way justified for inciting either of these two incidents. He's already been fined, but that's not enough.
A suspension is in order.
And Chisora can look on the bright side. A suspension, after all, will keep his name in the headlines just a little bit longer.
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