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Chisora given indefinite ban by WBC …asked to seek anger management treatment

Date published: March 1, 2012

Chisora slaps Klitschko

Dereck Chisora has been suspended indefinitely by the World Boxing Council for his behaviour before and after his fight with Vitali Klitschko.

British heavyweight Chisora was involved in a brawl with countryman David Haye at the news conference after his defeat by the Ukrainian in Munich.

Chisora also slapped Klitschko at the weigh-in and spat water in the face of his brother Wladimir before the bout. The WBC said it was “one of the worst behaviours ever by a professional”.

The body demanded Chisora, 28, should seek anger management treatment before it considers whether to lift the suspension.

Jose Sulaiman, president of the WBC, said the authority would also look to impose a “serious” fine on the Zimbabwe-born fighter.

The Londoner, ranked 14th in the WBC’s heavyweight division, will also be taken out of the organisation’s rankings.

“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,” a statement read.

“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.

The WBC statement made no mention of Haye, who is currently unlicensed.

Chisora is due before a British Boxing Board of Control hearing on 14 March, and his manager Frank Warren told BBC Radio 5 live: “I don’t understand how someone can be banned without having a hearing. I’ve never ever heard of anything like that. There’s been no hearing.


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