Dereck Chisora has issued a grovelling apology for his press-conference brawl with David Haye, conceding he has disgraced both the sport and himself.
Chisora’s violent scrap with retired heavyweight Haye, which followed the former’s heavy points defeat to WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko in Munich, Germany, Saturday, could well result in the active 28-year-old Brit receiving a lengthy ban.
Chisora will appear before the British Boxing Board of Control on March 14, and there have already been widespread calls for the BBBoC to take away his licence and suspend him for at least a year. Now, in a clear attempt to repair some of the damage done, the Zimbabwe-born north Londoner has said sorry for dragging boxing through the gutter.
A statement from Chisora, who was arrested by German police at Munich Airport on Sunday but later released without charge, read:
“Following the extensive media coverage that my WBC World Heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in Munich at the weekend has attracted, I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes 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 cannot go into the specific details at the moment as quite rightly the British Boxing Board of Control will be investigating this matter and also the altercation that took place between David Haye and myself where I was struck by a bottle.
Despite all of this, the bottom line is, I have let my family, my team and worst of all the sport I love down. I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation.
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 at the scenes reported in the media.
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 cooperated 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.”
Meanwhile, the WBC is to withhold $100,000 of Chisora’s $300,000 purse from the Klitschko fight pending investigations into his behaviour in Germany. In addition to the Haye incident, Chisora slapped Vitali Klitschko in the face at the Friday weigh-in and then 24 hours later spat water in the face of Wladimir Klitschko during the pre-fight ring rituals.