Dereck Chisora argues with Adam Booth, bloodied during the press conference brawl yesterday in Munich. (Photo by Dmitry Abramov/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Harry Pratt of RingTV.com reports that Dereck Chisora and members of his team were brought in for questioning yesterday, and then released by German police following his press conference pier-sixer with David Haye.
More notably, the British Boxing Board of Control has begun to address the situation, and says they'll be speaking with both fighters, as you would expect:
"Of course, we are extremely disappointed. It shouldn't happen, it's a sporting event. It was disgusting. We should be talking about Chisora’s fight with Klitschko, but we’re talking about what happened afterwards. We will have a hearing when both men return and deal with it accordingly, " said BBBC general secretary Robert Smith.
[ Thomas Hill: Chisora, Haye Embarrass UK Boxing ]
Some have questioned whether or not the Board can really do anything with David Haye, seeing as he's let his fighter's license lapse and is technically "retired," and I'm not certain that they can do much more than basically bar him from going to fights and the like. They could, if they feel it's warranted, hit the wallet of his manager and trainer, Adam Booth.
I know we've been over this, and Thomas Hill wrote up a lot of the feelings I have already, but this isn't "people talking about boxing." It's people talking about a couple of guys with no dignity going all Jerry Springer on one another, and ultimately probably won't lead to a fight. I don't know that I can feature David Haye risking the remaining scraps of his reputation against an also-ran like Chisora, especially given Chisora could very well beat him.
Chisora was a clown all weekend -- calling him courageous really takes a crap on the meaning of that word. He's no more courageous climbing into the ring with Vitali Klitschko than the other guys who have done it over the years, and his willingness to walk forward and lose instead of stand around and lose maybe made for a more entertaining fight, but I'm not going to go so far as to call it bravery. It was a pretty good fight and he acquitted himself pretty well all things considered, between the bells, but neither before nor after did he show himself as anything more than a thuggish clown.
As for thinking he was brave or fearless in slapping Vitali or spitting on Wladimir, my feelings on that are better expressed by Carlos Acevedo of The Cruelest Sport -- I believe he is 100% correct
"There is also a certain amount of calculated cowardice to his insolence: Just as there was no way a real pro like Vitali was going to go after Chisora, 28, at the weigh-in for the smack in the face, there was no way Wladimir was going to respond to the fountain stream incident and jeopardize a multi-million dollar event minutes before it was set to commence. Similarly, Chisora bared his fangs after the fight–with dozens in the ring to ensure his safety. This bit of woof-woof brought to mind Kevin Johnson, who also was hell-bent on mixing it up after his bout with Vitali Klitschko was over."
I'm not bashing what Chisora did in the ring. He was fine in the ring. But nobody cares what he did in the ring. Most of the people talking about Chisora and Haye may not have even seen the damn fight.
It's not excitement for boxing, it's excitement for a street fight where one idiot hit his own friend with a tripod and another idiot claims to have been hit with a bottle even though it seems he wasn't. The interest in this is going to be short-lived at best, and will do nothing good for boxing.
If it were my call, I'd suspend Chisora for a year, and I would not allow David Haye to apply for a new license for the same time period. I don't think suspending anyone for life really helps, but six months is no real deterrent. A year has an actual impact on their careers.