Dereck Chisora and David Haye Act Like Thugs, Disgrace British Boxing

Martin SaltCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2012

A disgrace To British boxing—both of them.
A disgrace To British boxing—both of them.

Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC Heavyweight Title last night with a comprehensive performance, but the event was overshadowed by the disgraceful actions of Dereck Chisora and David Haye.

It's been a bad year for British Boxing in terms of world title losses. Amir Khan, Carl Froch and David Haye have all been dethroned and several other British fighters have failed in numerous world title attempts.

What British boxing did not need was the downright disgusting behaviour of two British heavyweights who have been more talk than action.

Prior to the fight, it was all Dereck Chisora. Slapping Vitali Klitschko in the pre-fight weigh-in was bad enough with Chisora landing himself a WBC fine in the process.

Chisora was even more outrageous prior to the fight when he spat in the face of Wladimir Klitschko just before the first bell. Claims were that this was Chisora's retaliation for Wladimir interfering with his hand-wraps. Still, this was no excuse for what he did.

Chisora fought bravely although he was completely outmatched by Vitali. And it did not end there. The two fighters had to be separated in the ring after the bell.

The post-fight press conference was where British Boxing hit a new low. David Haye, obviously wanting a fight with Vitali Klitschko, turned up to goad both the Ukrainian champion and Dereck Chisora.

Chisora decided to call Haye out, blaming him for destroying pay-per-view boxing in the UK and asking him how his toe was. Going further, Chisora left his seat to get to Haye standing at the back of the room. Haye then hit Chisora, possibly with a bottle.

A horrible melee followed with Haye swinging a camera tripod at people. Haye's manager Adam Booth was hit in the face and suffered a bloody facial injury.

During all of this, the Klitschko brothers stayed away, more bemused with what was going on around them. This was a totally unfair reflection on them as a whole as they are gentlemanly sportsmen who reflect the way boxing should be perceived.

Chisora caught Booth to say he would be finding Haye to "shoot him.' Booth then decided to pursue Vitali and labelled his manager Bernd Bonte a "disgrace," saying that Haye had agreed to a fight with the champion, money had been agreed and that they had pulled out.

It was nothing more than a WWE storyline coming to life. But the actions of Haye and Chisora reflect on British Boxing as a whole.

Britain has two brilliant world champions in Ricky Burns and Nathan Cleveley. The boorish behaviour of Haye and Chisora only hurts their profiles worldwide as fans may casually pass of the thought that all British fighters are like this.

Dereck Chisora should face sanctions for his behaviour before and after the fight. He fought bravely but his actions were unacceptable. He does not deserve any future contest with the Klitschko brothers.

Neither does Haye. Haye has suddenly realised that his fame has gone in the months following his loss to Wladimir Klitshcko. A movie star? A TV Star? All of this is gone as most interviews he has are cringe-worthy with embarrassment following his poor showing.

Haye had his chance and blew it. He cannot hope to talk his way into a fight by causing trouble because he does not stand a chance.

Although I am a proud Englishman, I can't cheer for Haye or Chisora anymore. I'll continue to cheer for most of our other fighters.

But if either fighter gets a shot against Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko, I am cheering for the Ukrainians.