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Chisora, Haye could be jailed

2012-02-20 19:03
Dereck Chisora (AP)

Berlin - British boxers David Haye and Dereck Chisora could both face possible prison sentences in Germany following their Munich brawl, prosecutors here confirmed on Monday.

Haye and Chisora clashed during the press conference after Chisora's defeat to defending WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on Saturday night in the Bavarian capital.

In front of stunned reporters and the assembled media, Chisora confronted Haye, who was working at the fight as a pundit, and the pair had to be separated after trading blows which saw both of their trainers get involved.

Haye is suspected of grievous bodily harm and if found guilty, faces up to 10 years in prison.

Chisora is suspected of malicious injury, which carries a jail sentence of up to five years, and threatening behaviour, which is punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to one year.

"They are both facing a fine or a possible prison sentence," a Munich police spokesperson told AFP with investigations still on going.

After the brawl at Munich's Olympiahalle, Haye is believed to have immediately left the country and police were unable to locate him after searching his hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Chisora and his trainer Don Charles were both arrested at Munich airport as they prepared to board a plane and were taken for questioning at the city's police station, but were released on Sunday evening.

The British Boxing Board of Control has already said Chisora could face a life ban after the brawl which has badly tarnished the sport's image and are investigating him on a misconduct charge.

Haye does not have a licence to fight, having officially retired in October, but the board could choose to effectively ban him by denying him a licence if he seeks to fight again.

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