Frank Warren is standing by Dereck Chisora in his WBC battle, even if he doesn't condone the fighter's actions. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Promoter Frank Warren has let loose with a pretty thorough ink-lashing of Jose Sulaiman and the World Boxing Council (WBC), following the organization's "ban" of Dereck Chisora and their threats to fine him following his slap, spit, and brawl conduct on February 18 in Germany, when Chisora lost to Vitali Klitschko.
Warren penned an open letter to Sulaiman, which was first published at The Sun. Here's part of it:
I wish I could accuse you of having double standards. But I can't, because I question whether you have any standards at all.
The way you have banned Dereck Chisora indefinitely, without even having the decency to call a hearing to establish the facts surrounding his recent bout against Vitali Klitschko, in my opinion shows you as a posturing, self-righteous egotist.
I learned of your decision through the media. You didn't even let the British Boxing Board of Control, myself or Dereck know before you spoke to the world's Press.
In any democracy, any man is innocent until proven guilty. But you appear to have set yourself up as judge, jury and executioner as far as Dereck is concerned.
You have announced an indefinite WBC ban on Dereck without a hearing and you have also said you will impose a 'serious' fine after you eventually do hold a hearing.
Again, you have found Chisora guilty without establishing any fact about what truly went on that night in Munich.
As we noted before, Warren is pretty much right here, or at least that's my opinion. This is a hypocritical organization playing favorites, as they are often accused of doing, and choosing to make an example of Chisora. Warren wonders if they'd take this stance had Chisora beaten Klitschko. It's a fair enough question. The answer is probably no. Klitschko is a favored WBC fighter. Chisora is not. Klitschko won the fight. Chisora did not. Klitschko holds their title belt and will keep paying them sanctioning fees for the "privilege" of defending it. Chisora does not, and will not.
Chisora still has a hearing set with the British Boxing Board of Control on March 14, and the Board is assuring him that they'll give him a fair chance:
"We have a procedure which we follow. The WBC has not gone through a disciplinary procedure, but we will. ... The board will decide if Chisora gets a suspension or not at a hearing. Chisora and Frank Warren will be there. We will consider all the evidence. These things take time to make sure you give them a chance to be legally represented and compile evidence."
If and when the WBC does come out with a fine, here's hoping Warren and Chisora simply ignore it and go about their lives. The WBC has, in some ways, overstepped their bounds for some melodramatic point-making exhibition. I'm not sure they can really enforce any fine -- if Chisora and Warren don't care about the WBC, then they could make their own statement.