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Chisora given indefinite ban by World Boxing Council

ESPN staff
February 28, 2012

Dereck Chisora has been banned indefinitely from fighting for a WBC title by the World Boxing Council following his recent post-fight press conference brawl with David Haye.

Chisora failed in his bid to defeat Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title in Germany, but it was his actions before and after the fight that attracted most attention.

The Briton started the weekend by slapping Klitschko at the weigh-in, before he then spat at brother Wladimir on the night of the fight. Worse was still to arrive though when, reacting to taunts from Haye, Chisora became embroiled in an ugly brawl that brought the sport of boxing into disrepute.

A strongly-worded WBC statement labelled Chisora's actions "one of the worst behaviours ever by a professional boxer". As a result, Chisora will receive a heavy fine and must now take anger management medical treatment in order to have his suspension removed.

The WBC statement read: "Jose Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council has followed strictly all the actions related to the misconduct of British heavyweight Dereck Chisora, considered one of the worst behaviours ever by a professional boxer, and we stand strongly with the British Boxing Board of Control and the BDB to resolve this case immediately.

"The WBC is absolutely condemning behaviours that are not to be accepted in boxing under any circumstances and will act as soon as it can proceed to impose the fines and sanctions as we consider necessary - including slapping WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in the face at their weigh-in on February 17, spitting water in the face of Wladimir Klitschko on February 18th and brawling with countryman David Haye at the post-fight press conference.

"The WBC is imposing a serious fine to be finally determined after a hearing to be held under the supervision of our counsel representative attorney Stephen Beverly, the WBC will also take off from the WBC rankings the name of Dereck Chisora and declare an indefinite suspension against fighting again for a WBC title, while demanding Chisora to take an anger management medical treatment after which his suspension will be reconsidered.

"Boxing has won through the years an outstanding position in the world of sports and is liked by a President as well as by a shoe shine boy; the WBC has devoted at least 35 years for safety and boxing is today a sport that had only one fatal accident in minor boxing, that has overturned the past; boxers are gentlemen and show to the world an example of honour and fair play when after a tremendous battle, they go to the centre of the ring to pay respect to each other.

"Dereck Chisora is not going to tarnish the sport for those born in the humblest beds, who become sports heroes of the world to live a life of dignity and pride. Chisora, however, as a human being that he is, is going to be strongly invited to enter an anger management rehabilitating program that hopefully will act in his benefit."

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