The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) have stripped Dereck Chisora of his boxing licence.
In a statement; a BBBC spokesperson said that Chisora was not a “fit and proper person” to hold such a licence. The Londoner was involved in a number of embarrassing incidents before and after his WBC Heavyweight World Title clash with Vitali Klitschko last month.
Chisora slapped his Ukranian opponent at the pre-fight weigh-in before spitting at Klitschko’s brother Wladimir moments before the fight itself. He was then involved in a brawl with fellow Londoner and former heavyweight World Title holder; David Haye at a post fight press conference.
After a hearing that last approximately four hours; the BBBC announced their verdict. It is an “indefinite” ban from boxing in Britain, but 28 year-old Chisora is free to fight in other countries. David Haye was not called before the BBBC as he does not currently hold a boxing licence.
When asked for a statement after the hearing; Chisora kept it short and sweet: “Three letters – MGM here I come.” He would appear to be referring to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a famous venue for big fights. The Nevada State Athletic Commission would have to decide whether to grant Chisora a licence to fight should he look to arrange a bout there.
Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren said that the Zimbabwe born fighter was free to fight outside the UK but “Dereck is British and wants to fight in Britain.”
Chisora has 14 days to appeal the BBBC’s decision.