Dereck Chisora’s behavior leading up to his Feb. 18 title fight with Vitali Klitschko certainly raised a few brows, and his infamous post-fight brawl with David Haye won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Haye doesn’t regret his actions that night, claiming he only acted in self defense.
“I’m not going to apologize,” Haye told the Daily Star. “I’m perfectly within my rights to defend myself and that’s what I’d do any day of the week. I could feel his knuckles in my face. What am I supposed to do? I’ve got to close the show. I had no option… I could have stood there with my hands by my side and got punched, kicked, spat at. You don’t stand there and take what they’re willing to give and show the other cheek… He [Chisora] needs to check himself into anger management. It’s not a joke – he genuinely has problems.”
Haye was trying to secure a future bout at the post-fight press conference, and there is no excuse for the way Chisora handled things. Haye isn’t the first boxer to goad a potential opponent, and I personally don’t have a problem with a little verbal sparring. By leaving the stage and confronting Haye, Chisora took things to the next level.
Chisora later apologized for his behavior, but it’ll take a lot more than that to repair the damage done to the 29 year old boxer’s reputation.
“I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation,” Chisora said. “Now, with a cool head and the benefit of hindsight, my actions at the weekend were regrettable to say the least and I am deeply embarrassed… Whilst my behavior was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over. Despite all of this, the bottom line is I have let my family, my team and – worst of all – the sport I love down.”
Dereck will now have to face the British Boxing Board of Control on March 14, and there’s a pretty good chance his punishment will be severe.