British heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora was banned from the sport by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) on March 15 due to his actions before and after his bout with WBC (World Boxing Council) champion Vitali Klitschko on Feb. 18 in Munich, Germany. The decision was handed down after the boxer met with the control board for four hours in Cardiff, Wales.

The BBBC suspended his boxing license indefinitely which was mainly because of a post-fight press conference brawl that he started with fellow British heavyweight David Haye. Chisora also had $100,000 of his purse withheld by the WBC and is scheduled to meet with that boxing sanctioning committee on March 21 to explain why they should release the remainder of his earnings. The organization also said Chisora is banned from fighting for WBC title belts.

Chisora (15-3, 9KOs) slapped Klitschko during the weigh in for the bout and then spit water into the face of heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko while the fighter’s ring introductions were taking place. He then was beaten by Klitschko via a 12-round unanimous decision. The brawl took place at the press conference after the fight where Chisora threatened several times to shoot Haye.

While the 28-year-old, who was born in Zimbabwe, could apply for a boxing license in another nation, the BBBC would likely take that as a snub, making it harder for Chisora to regain his license in Britain. The British board may also ask other boxing organizations around the world to honor the ban. But if past experiences are anything to go by, it doesn’t seem that punishment has sent a message to Chisora so far.

He’s been convicted twice for assault and has also been banned from boxing temporarily for biting an opponent in the ring. In the meantime, Chisora will speak with Frank Warren, his promoter, to decide whether they’ll appeal the decision. They have 14 days to do so. But considering that the BBBC said Chisora’s not a fit and proper person to be in possession of a boxer's licence, it’s doubtful that an appeal would do them much good. Warren also admitted that he thought Chisora would receive a suspension.

Chisora apologized for his actions through a press release shortly after the brawl, but a lot of people didn’t buy it, including the Klitschkos. The actions will never be forgotten since the slap, water-spitting and brawl are all over the internet on popular social media sites such as You Tube. The Munich police aren’t finished with the case yet either and both Chisora and Haye could still face criminal charges and prison sentences after the investigation is completed.

In addition, the 31-year-old Haye may find it difficult to get a boxing license in Britain if he decides to apply for one. He announced his retirement several months before the fracas took place, but has been hinting at a comeback against Vitali Klitschko this summer. Haye said he hit Chisora in self defence during the brawl. However, he had a bottle in his hand when he struck him and also swung a camera tripod around the room, which cut Adam Booth, his own trainer, in the head.

After the ban was handed down, Chisora said he was bitterly disappointed that his license to box and his right to earn a living were taken from him. Many British boxers, including Amir Khan and Carl Froch said Chisora and Haye both deserved sever punishment for bringing the sport into shame.

Written by Ian Palmer via FeedCrossing, Content News Source

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