David Haye (seen here just before his brawl with Dereck Chisora) says he's happy to assist in any BBBofC investigations. (Photo by Dmitry Abramov/Bongarts/Getty Images)
David Haye has made an official statement on his Saturday brawl with Dereck Chisora in Munich on his web site, Hayemaker.com. You can read the full statement there, but let's discuss a few key points here.
For those wondering why Haye was even at the press conference, as I said before, it's been a bit overlooked that he was a media member on Saturday, working for BoxNation as a commentator. He says he was accredited to be at the press conference. Now, the next question would be whether or not he should have been in the room trying to make his presence so boldly known, calling out the fighters, etc., and frankly, no, he should not have used his accreditation for that purpose, but he says he didn't go in there with that purpose, either:
"It wasn't until Bernd Boente said my name and involved me in the press conference that I commented. I was then happy to banter back and forth with Boente and Klitschko, keen to ascertain whether he (Vitali) would stay true to his word and reiterate his desire to do what his younger brother couldn't do - knock me out. I felt as though the public would want to hear more information about this potential bout and that we could both start beating the drum ahead of a showdown later this year."
Whether or not you feel that the public has as much interest in Vitali vs Haye as Haye thinks they do isn't really the question, I guess -- if he felt as though he was being called out, then of course he was going to respond while in the room.
Haye says Chisora started the fight, coming down toward him in an aggressive manner, to which Haye "stood his ground." Haye notes that there were two rounds of action, between which the parties had separated, and that after Chisora threatened him, came at him, and everything went off as it did, Haye left the room as soon as Chisora started making threats about shooting him. He also says he and his team left Munich earlier than anticipated because the two camps were staying in the same hotel, and he felt that was in his best interests:
"I decided to leave the venue and return to my hotel, a move which I hoped would diffuse the situation. However, Chisora's team were staying at the same hotel as me and, in light of the threats Chisora had made in front of the world's media, it seemed far more appropriate for me and Adam to leave the hotel as quickly as possible.
"Consequently, I left Munich on an earlier flight on Sunday morning and have been thinking about what happened ever since, as well as replaying the incident many times via YouTube. It goes without saying, I am bitterly disappointed to have been a part of what transpired on Saturday evening."
Here's how he ends it:
"I realise I am no angel - and don't mind a bit of professional trash-talk to help raise boxing's profile - but, during my 21 years in the sport, I have never been involved in, or even witnessed, such a serious fracas. If requested, I shall happily assist the boxing authorities with any investigation they wish to launch and, ultimately, hope that all lessons learned from this incident will be implemented.
"I also hope Dereck Chisora is able to learn from his mistakes this past weekend, right the wrongs and then go on to fulfil his potential in the boxing ring."
I'm not certain he realizes he's going to be in hot water, too, but he'll find out soon enough how the BBBofC is going to judge his role in all of this, and I doubt they're going to look too kindly upon him.