BRITISH heavyweight Dereck Chisora’s indefinite ban for his public brawl with countryman David Haye has been welcomed by leading figures in the sport.
Bernd Boente, manager of the champion Klitschko brothers, called the World Boxing Council’s punishment, which also included a fine, “the right step”. He added: “Somewhere and somehow you have to stop people like Chisora. It’s the right way to go and I think someone has to help him.”
Chisora exchanged blows with Haye in front of dozens of onlookers following the former’s defeat to Vitali Klitschko in Munich last month. The Londoner, 28, had already earned criticism for slapping Vitali at the weigh-in and spitting on the Ukrainian’s sibling Wladimir pre-fight.
English heavyweight champion David Price also welcomed the move by the WBC, who have called Chisora’s behaviour “one of the worst ever by a professional”. Price said. “The WBC needed to make an example out of someone, to let the other boxers know it won’t be tolerated.”
Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren called it “outrageous” that his fighter had been punished before a hearing.