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Brawling British boxer banged up in Bavaria

Published: 19 Feb 2012 14:40 GMT+01:00

German police arrested both Chisora and his trainer Don Charles as they were preparing to board a plane back to Britain.

"Given the events of Saturday evening, a criminal investigation is required," a spokesman for Munich police said.

Chisora is suspected of grievous bodily harm and threatening behaviour, the spokesman added.

Haye, 31, was working as a pundit for the Chisora-Klitschko fight, and was among reporters at a press conference afterwards, when he interrupted from the crowd, branding Chisora "a loser".

Chisora promptly left the head table at the press conference to confront Haye, who he dubbed "an embarrassment".

Haye, the former World Boxing Association (WBA) champion who was defeated on points by Vitali's brother Wladimir in July, had insisted he wants to fight Vitali on June 2 and the pair traded blows with Chisora as their respective trainers became involved.

Adam Booth, Haye’s trainer, who was working at the fight for BBC Radio, was left with a cut head, while Haye was seen brandishing a cameraman's tripod.

Chisora was repeatedly heard shouting that he would "shoot" Haye during a barrage of expletives as the pair was separated by stunned on-lookers.

Munich police also want to speak to Haye and searched his hotel room on Sunday morning, but according to sources he caught a flight back to Britain in the early hours.

The British Boxing Board of Control has already said it would launch an investigation into events leading up to the ugly melee in Munich when Chisora was heard to repeatedly shout that he wanted to "shoot" Haye and "burn" him.

Chisora, 28, has won few friends in Germany with his conduct after slapping Klitschko in the face at Friday's weigh-in, then spitting water in the face of his opponent’s brother Wladimir, also a heavyweight champion, minutes before the title fight.

The Zimbabwe-born British fighter squared up to Vitali again after the fight verdict had been announced and received jeers and boos from the Munich crowd.

After seeing the drama unfold, Wladimir Klitschko, who holds the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight belts, told Sky News: "I'm totally disappointed, it went a little too far, the sport of boxing shouldn't be like that.

"Bloody faces in the news conference... fighting in the ring, not out. I'm really surprised."

Vitali, who defended his WBC title for the tenth time, despite an injured shoulder, said he did not respect Chisora as a person.

"If you are a sportsman with millions of people watching you have to set a good example, and Chisora didn't do that," Klitschko said.

"Young kids and boys were watching. I have got respect for Chisora as a fighter but no respect as a human being. He was not fair.

AFP/jcw

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Your comments about this article

17:11 February 19, 2012 by Al uk
Both Chisora and Haye should be banned from boxing. They are a national disgrace and we would like to thank Vitali for shutting both of these loadmouths up in the ring.
19:39 February 19, 2012 by Englishted
I agree with Al .

I would also like to say sorry to the German people for having to put up with these two louts in your country.Today as a Englishman I feel ashamed of my fellow countrymen.

Sorry
22:47 February 19, 2012 by gele
It bad game to watch this game, the motive of the opponents is to damage one another as much as they can in order to knock out either one of them, it is easily to damage the brains and other important organs.

I read (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing#Medical_concerns)

Since 1980, more than 200 amateur boxers, professional boxers and Toughman fighters have died as the result of ring or training injuries
22:50 February 19, 2012 by Grumpy Old Man
I have to disagree with Chango Mutney. Not all heavyweight boxers are the same. The Klitschko brothers are both doctors and behave inside and outside the ring as gentlemen. Maybe Chango Mutney didn't see the weigh-in procedure when Chisora acted as a lout. Vitali reacted exemplary. I agree with Al uk and Englishted - both English boxers should be banned. They are a disgrace to boxing and to England.
22:54 February 19, 2012 by MaKo
Way to keep it classy, boxers. We expected so much more from men who make their living by being punched in the head repeatedly.
00:28 February 20, 2012 by Greysuede
Disgusting British arrogance! In England one can't learn a good ethical code!
01:49 February 20, 2012 by Runnerguy45
I hope Germany charges these fools with crimes. Too many times in America these so called athletes are allowed to assualt and create havoc. Lock them up. In the ring is sport outside the ring is a crime. Treat it as such.
10:53 February 20, 2012 by Englishted
@Greysuede

Generalisation ,I would say .

Two thugs are not a country or race.
10:58 February 20, 2012 by jg.
An embarrassment for Britain. I would add to the apologies to Germans for the disgraceful behaviour of these oafs in their country. I sincerely hope that the British Boxing Board of Control revokes the licenses of those involved - boxers, coaches, etc. These are not the sort of people that should be representing England or Britain in any sport. I also hope that the German authorities charge them appropriately.
12:05 February 20, 2012 by raandy
The Klitschko brothers are the exceptions not the norm. Boxing is no longer a nobel sport, thugs and simpletons rule.

A little rancor is acceptable but the kind of behavior and remarks often heard these days is very disappointing, and degrading.
15:35 February 20, 2012 by Craptastic
While gracious in content and intent, I think all the Brits on this board feeling and expressing shame shouldn't. You can no more be responsible for every imbecile that comes from your country than I can for every American.

This is a shameful disgrace to the sweet science begun by miserable showboating louts like Tyson who rose in arrogance through inadequate guidance from trainers and a lack of hometraining.
14:05 February 21, 2012 by ron1amr
I briefly saw this in the news so I did some research and looked at some utube videos. My thoughts are Chisora behaved in a way which may cause him to lose his career. It makes me think about Mike Tyson who could not control his temper in and out of the ring. Chisora should have his license revoked for a number of years.

I saw when Chisora slapped his opponent in the face. His opponent acted in a very professional manner and pushed him back without raising a fist. Although there is sensation in the boxing meetings this went a little too far and a lot of people like me read the news article. Good or bad. I admire the Ukrainian boxer for his behaviour.

Can you believe he tore a muscle during his fight with Chisora and won in points. Although Chisora fought very well his behaviour out of the ring should be dealt with harshly.
14:28 March 1, 2012 by Dave N
I know it would spoil the alliteration of the title but this is not a British boxer. He's quite obviously African. He even has "Africa" written across his chest. And it remains very true that you can take the African out of Africa but you can't take Africa out of the African.

The only shame I, as a real Brit, feel about this is that our idiot politicians have allowed this African thug to have a British passport. But then these days, they hand British passports out like sweets to anybody who wants one.
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