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Board withdraws Chisora’s licence

This was exactly what the public expected following last month’s shameful scenes in Munich, when Chisora slapped Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in ahead of their world title fight, spat water in Wladimir Klitschko’s face and then became involved in a brawl with Haye at the post-fight press conference.

After more than four hours of deliberation at their HQ in Cardiff, the British Boxing Board of Control’s stewards bit the bullet when it came to dealing with the man who threatened to shoot Haye during their brawl which followed Chisora’s defeat by Klitschko.

Chisora and his promoter Frank Warren were clearly unhappy with a verdict which puts no limit on the length of suspension.

But board general secretary Robert Smith spelled out that boxing in this country will no longer tolerate such behaviour, saying: “Dereck Chisora let down not only himself and his family but also all of those licence holders who behave in a professional and disciplined manner.

“The stewards of the board want to make it absolutely clear that such behaviour by any licence holder will not be tolerated.

“Accordingly, they have decided Dereck Chisora is not a fit and proper person to hold a British Boxing Board of Control boxer’s licence.”

Smith added: “With regard to David Haye, he is not a licence holder with the Boxing Board of Control. However, if he should apply for a licence with the British Boxing Board of Control, the part he played in the disgraceful scenes that occurred will be considered before any decision is made.”

Chisora has already had a third of his US$300 000 purse withheld by the WBC pending another hearing, should he be willing to attend one at their HQ in Mexico City.

Haye, who punched Chisora while holding a bottle in his fist and then brandished a metal tripod, is wanted for questioning in Munich and could face criminal charges.

Chisora may appeal and there is some suggestion that when he said “MGM, here I come” he might be considering seeking a licence from the Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas.

Haye has also threatened to look for a permit abroad but it is unlikely any of the major authorities will fail to support the stand taken by the British board. — Daily Mail.

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