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Chisora, Haye in ugly bust-up

2012-02-19 12:41
Dereck Chisora (AP)
Munich - British heavyweights David Haye and Dereck Chisora got into a brawl after Chisora's title fight with Vitali Klitschko here on Saturday night.

Chaos broke out at a post-match news conference after Klitschko had retained his WBC title by beating Chisora on points.

Former WBA champion Haye called for a fight against Chisora, leading to a heated exchange.

Reporters fled as the two Britons, now justifiably regarded as the bad boys of heavyweight boxing, came to blows and security tried to separate the two.

"You've really lost it this time Haye," Chisora said.

Reuters reports that the incident left Haye's manager, Adam Booth, with nasty facial cuts.

Haye, who was beaten by Vitali's younger brother Wladimir in Hamburg last July, retired in October but was offered a way back with a fight against Vitali later this year.

The Briton, who had been a member of a television team covering the fight, became agitated by comments made by Klitschko's manager, Bernd Boente, that he would no longer get a fight with the older brother.

"Contrary to David Haye, Dereck Chisora really went for it and really tried," Boente said in the post-fight news conference.

"You don't want to fight David Haye, no?" replied Haye, who was at the back of the conference room.

Boente retorted: "You had an offer, you didn't accept it, now you are out. You are out. Out, out, out!

“You cannot talk yourself back into the fight, you have no belts. Chisora showed heart, contrary to you. You showed your toe."

Haye, who lost the WBA world title to Wladimir, had blamed the defeat on a broken toe.

After the altercation with Boente, Haye got into an argument with Chisora, which resulted in them trading punches.

Booth suffered a cut above his eye in the incident.

"I'm totally disappointed. It went a little too far. The sport of boxing shouldn't be like that," Vitali told the BBC after watching the fight between the two British boxers.

"Bloody faces in the press conference...? I'm really surprised."

Klitschko had some praise for Chisora after his points victory at the Olympiahalle.

"I am happy to have retained my title. It was a good performance from Chisora,” the Ukrainian said.

“I don't want to make excuses. It was not easy but I saw every punch from Chisora. I am upset because I wanted to finish the fight before 12 rounds," Klitschko said in a ringside interview.

"He tried to punch me to my body but I have a strong stomach. It didn't hurt," he added.

"I have respect for Chisora as a fighter, but not as a human. He set a bad example for boxing and all fighters. He comes from Great Britain but he is not a gentleman."

A defiant Chisora, who continued to stare down both Klitschko brothers after the scores were announced, demanding a rematch as the 12 000 spectators booed and jeered him.

“As long as they paid money to watch the sport I love, I don't mind," he said. "I want another fight. There will be a rematch or I will fight his younger brother," added Chisora.

The heavily favoured Klitschko looked more tired than usual in the closing rounds and praised his opponent's tenacity but not his demeanour.

Klitschko set the foundation for victory by dominating his shorter opponent in the opening rounds, his longer reach allowing him to pound Chisora with punishing rights from a distance.

Chisora, who had slapped the champion at the weigh-in on Friday and spat water into Wladimir’s face during the pre-fight ceremonies, recovered well and rattled Klitschko with a solid uppercut in the fifth round as he gained in confidence. 


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