Boxing brawl disgraces Britain

18th February 2012. Munich. 11pm. The day when two Brits abroad brought shame upon themselves, the sport of boxing and British Boxers in general.

I am obviously talking about Derek Chisora and David Haye. Two of Britain’s best boxers in the heavyweight division decided to try and settle their differences outside of the ring in the post match press conference in Munich.

The fight was already loaded with controversy. Derek Chisora had acted like an imbecile throughout the pre-match build up. He had slapped Vitali Klitschko across the face in the weigh in, and then inexplicably spat water into Vitali’s brothers face, Wladimir Klitschko, also a boxer in the heavyweight division. Vitali beat Chisora on a points decision, although in the actual fight Chisora put up a valiant effort.

It could even be argued that he made up for his disgraceful pre-match antics with his performance. He went toe to toe with Vitali, never shirking from the fight, and didn’t try to employ any dirty tactics to try and win. He may have even won if the fight had gone into another round, as Vitali was tiring and Chisora was getting stronger as the fight wore on.

However, the see saw nature of Chisora’s personality was reinforced after the fight. Anybody who has the slightest idea, or even the slightest bit of knowledge about modern day Boxing will know that David Haye is a prominent motor mouth; he will often trash talk other fighters to either unsettle them or to get them into the ring.

Haye had been part of the television coverage for BoxNation, the T.V. channel who were covering it for British Television. He went to the post-fight press conference, probably with the intention of disrupting Vitali Klitschko, and trying to get an agreement in front of the gathered media for a future fight. Chisora took exception to his moment in front of the cameras being ruined by Haye, and encouraged by his shameless promoter Frank Warren, walked down to confront Haye.

This is where the infamous brawl began. Chisora shoved his head into Haye’s and put his fist to his jaw. Haye, with a bottle of orange squash or something similar in his hand, then punched Chisora, forcing them both to the ground, and a scuffle ensued. Punches were flung, and at one point David Haye picked up a camera tripod, swung it around his head and brought it smashing down onto his own trainers head, Adam Booth. Chisora then shouted he was going to shoot Haye, twice at least, and then threatened to burn him.

I am shaking my head just thinking about this. There are people who have suggested that people shouldn’t be surprised, these men are trained to punch and hurt other men, and get paid for fighting.

Boxing is more than this simplistic and dumbed down approach.

It has a record of not only taking unruly kids off the streets, it instils discipline, motivation, a work ethic upon these young men that would be missing without this sport. It teaches them anger management, how to calm down in an intense situation, and know when to act and that can be taken in both a physical capacity and a mental one.

Boxing has tried for the past decade to rid itself of this hooligan tag, and these two “role models”, which lets be honest, no matter what sport representing your country in front of the nations media does afford you the role model tag, these two have undone all that hard work.

So what happens now, how does the sport of boxing move on from this, and restore its now faltering reputation?

Well, to start off with, it is pleasing to see the BBBofC, the board which controls all British boxers, have withdrawn Chisora’s license, meaning he cannot fight without it. This ban, or withdrawal will last for a minimum of two years, if it withstands appeal and even if it doesn’t last indefinitely, it is at least a sign that the authorities will not accept this behaviour.

Chisora has also been given an indefinite ban by the WBC, the boxing body the fight was held under, and a hefty fine.

But what of Haye?

Well he has been given nothing, no fine, no ban, because he is a retired boxer. He doesn’t have a license to revoke. He can only be dealt with by the law, and because the German police dropped the charges against Chisora, it is highly unlikely that will happen either.

For me, Chisora was completely in the wrong. Boxing is laced with competitors giving each other verbals. It is part of the entertainment. There was no reason at all for Chisora to march towards Haye, entourage in tow, and square up to David Haye who was alone.

Then there was the threats of shooting after. That was stupidity personified, especially with the problem that gun crime is causing in the U.K at present. Don’t get me wrong, Haye should be punished in some form, but for me, the finger of blame points to Chisora.

At 28 years of age, and a seasoned boxer, he should have known better. Hopefully this sorry, sorry episode will never be repeated again.

I can’t believe they have been able to profit from their circus show, and have some how managed to wangle a boxing license, and our now going to slug it out in the ring later this summer at Upton Park.

These two, along with their respective promoters, Frank Warren being the main offending culprit, have sullied the name and the respect of British Boxing, and it makes my blood boil that these two represent my country, and represent a sport that I am passionate about. The only way they could gain any respect is if they donated their match purse’s to charity.

I can’t see that happening, not with Frank Warren in charge.