Confirmation today that the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) is to investigate Dereck Chisora’s behaviour on 14 March, following the disgraceful scenes after his defeat by Vitali Klitscho at the weekend. Indeed the BBBC will also take into account his actions before and during the fight which has brought the sport into disrepute round the world.
Former WBA champion David Haye is still sought by Munich Police, for questioning, as a result of his part in the post conference brawl but Chisora was released without charge and allowed to return to the United Kingdom.
Today’s BBBC statement from the Association’s general secretary Robert Smith said : “The British Boxing Board of Control are looking at the behaviour of British Boxing Board of Control-licensed Boxer Dereck Chisora prior, during and after his contest for the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship against Vitali Klitschko on Saturday, 18 February 2012 in Munich.
“The stewards will be considering Mr Chisora under regulation 25 (misconduct) and a further statement will be issued once the stewards have decided on what action will be taken.
“With regard to Mr David Haye, Mr Haye is not a licensed boxer with the British Boxing Board of Control and therefore no longer under the jurisdiction of the British Boxing Board of Control.”
When asked if a ‘life ban’ was under consideration , Smith said on BBC Radio 5 Live earlier today : “Of course it is. The board have many powers – they can fine, they can suspend and they can withdraw a licence.
“There are many powers to them but let’s just get there first before we speculate what we’re going to do.”
To further media questions Smith went on : “I have to speak to the chairman of the boxing federation and the German police, the authorities, to see what the situation is with regard to them over there, and then obviously take the appropriate action.
“I will have to gather all the information from those authorities and put them before the main board of control.
“I’ve spoken to a number of stewards already and I’ve spoken to the chairman on a number of occasions, and I’ll put something out as soon as possible today, but it certainly will entail a hearing, a disciplinary calling – certainly for Mr Chisora because he is a licensed boxer. David Haye is a retired boxer – he’s no longer a licence-holder with us.”
Former Minister of Sport in Britain, Richard Caborn, who is also President of the (amateur) English ABA commented :-
“I think the BBBC have got to look at how the sport conducts itself in the future. They ought to remove some of these flashpoints such as weigh-ins and press conferences.
“The question needs to be asked as to whether the regulations and the structures are fit for purpose. There has to be far better control of the professional sport.
“Boxing has been brought into disrepute and could do immense damage to thousands of young people around the world who love the sport.
“We in the amateur game have to distance ourselves from this – we are flourishing and have 839 clubs and 16,000 members across the country.”
“There is a big question mark now over whether professional boxing should be allowed into the Olympics.
“The amateur game is well run and has thousands of dedicated volunteers working week-in and week-out and for it to have been brought into disrepute by these people is absolutely disgraceful.
“One thing I can promise is that British boxers will make our nation proud at the London Olympics.”
Chisora himself issued an apology this evening which read :
“Following the extensive media coverage that my WBC world heavyweight bout against Vitali Klitschko at the weekend has attracted, I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes both both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career.
“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 acknowledge that I have a duty as a professional boxer to conduct myself properly at all times, especially with boxing being a sport of controlled aggression. I have let lots of people down on Saturday night, including myself, and for that I am truly sorry.
“In Munich I fully co-operated with the German authorities and as a result I was released without charge. I will be making no further comment at this stage and will wait for any formal hearing to take place.”