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Boxing: Life ban risk for Chisora after brawl
Heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora could face a life ban when he appears before a British Boxing Board of Control hearing on March 14 for his brawl with bitter British rival David Haye.
BBBC general secretary Robert Smith said prior to the announcement of the date of the hearing Chisora could face the career-ending punishment for the disgraceful scenes at the press conference following his loss on points to defending champion Vitali Klitschko in Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title clash in Munich.
Smith, when asked if a life ban was possible, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Of course it is. The board have many powers - they can fine, they can suspend and they can withdraw a licence.”
Chisora returned to the United Kingdom from Germany late Sunday following his astonishing altercation with Haye who he threatened to shoot.
Chisora was initially detained by German police, along with trainer Don Charles, at Munich airport as he was preparing to board a plane home.
The pair gave statements, but were released on Sunday evening and allowed to return home.
German police have yet to speak to Haye after he disappeared following the unsavoury scenes at the Olympiahalle venue.
Both Chisora and Haye issued apologies on Monday but German police have said that both of them could face prison terms if they are charged and found guilty.
Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren claimed the blame for the disgraceful scenes in Munich should be shared rather than dumped solely at the door of his fighter. “It was unacceptable. Everybody has to accept some responsibility - Dereck Chisora, David Haye, the British Boxing Board of Control, myself...”
Meanwhile Klitschko wants to grant Chisora a rematch to ‘punish’ the British fighter for his brawl.
After Chisora slapped him in the face at the pre-fight weigh-in, then spat water in the face of his brother Wladimir just before the title bout, Vitali Klitschko has said he is appalled by Chisora’s behaviour.
“In spirit, I have no need for revenge, but my ego tells me that this man deserves real punishment. I want to knock him out in the ring,” the Ukrainian champion told German daily Die Welt.
But his management moved quickly to pour cold water on any rematch plans. “A rematch is absolutely inconceivable and won’t happen,” Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente told SID, an AFP subsidiary.
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