The drama surrounding the Feb. 18 WBC heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora was completely out of control, and it doesn’t look like we’ve seen the last of it. Klitschko wasn’t impressed with Chisora’s behavior throughout the weekend and he still wants to teach the brash British boxer a few lessons.
“I would like to knock him out in the ring,” Vitali said in an interview with Die Welt newspaper. “I still have this score to settle… My brain tells me that I do not need a rematch, but my ego, deep inside me, is telling me in no uncertain terms that this guy still needs real punishment from me… When I consider everything that Chisora has done — slapping me around the face before the fight, spitting at Wladimir in the ring and then getting in a brawl at the press conference and threatening to shoot somebody — how can any human be like that?”
Prior to the Feb. 18 clash between the two, Chisora set the stage for the theatrics, slapping the heavyweight champion at the weigh in event. Tensions escalated further, right before the fight, when Chisora decided to spit in the champion’s brothers’ face (Wladimir Klitschko).
Even with his poor behavior, Chisora actually won a few fans over during the fight, aggressively going after Vitali and landing several solid shots. Unfortunately for Chisora, he lost his new fans just as quickly, exchanging more words with Wladimir after the bout.
Just when boxing fans thought the insanity was over, Chisora and fellow heavyweight boxer David Haye got into an altercation at the post-fight conference. Fists and threats started flowing after, prompting German authorities to seek out the two fighters. Chisora was interrogated and released by German authorities, but Haye was able to slip out of the country.
Controversy certainly has its role in the sport of boxing, but there is no question Haye and Chisora crossed the line during the post-fight press conference. Marketing a fight is one thing, but Chisora’s behavior throughout the weekend was completely unacceptable. He’ll get to explain his side of things to the British Boxing Board of Control on March 14, and lengthy suspension should follow.