Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Cruiserweight champion of the WBO; Marco Huck, 27, has issued a riposte to Vitali Klitschko‘s trainer Fritz Sdunek‘s statement that the dominant heavyweight would eat Huck alive. The Käpt’n, who is 0-1-1, 0ko in 2012, believes either Klitschko would experience problems if Marco was served up as an opponent and scoffed at the level of fighter Vitali is currently considering for his next match-up.
“I respect Mr Sdunek a lot but I am surely no snack for either Klitschko brother,” Huck stated, before claiming that Vitali would only be challenged by himself, and not the shortlist put to the Ukrainian likely headed by contender Manuel Charr. “I guess there was a mistake in the translation. You only have to look at all the names currently discussed as possible opponents for Vitali for September to know that I would be a far better option than any of the guys they are talking about. At least I always come to fight.”
Huck has already fought twice in 2012 and is yet to record a win. In his most recent outing, he was inseparable from 200lb rival Ola Afolabi, a regular sparring partner for both Klitschko siblings; Wladimir and Vitali. And, earlier in the year, Huck lost a disputed decision to Aleksandr Povetkin in what was his first trip in the heavyweight division.
“I know that I didn’t have my best day against Ola Afolabi – but I hung in there and defended my title. A fight against either Klitschko brother would be a completely different story. Afolabi was a mandatory fight, so I did what I had to do. If Fritz Sdunek wants to know what a fight between me and Vitali would look like he should watch the tape of me beating up Alexander Povetkin. That is the kind of Marco Huck Vitali would need to be ready for. And he would look as clumsy as Povetkin who was a huge favourite against me as well.”
Huck continued: “Instead, Vitali prefers to pick some kind of vegetable from the patch which is known as WBC world ratings. Fritz Sdunek was quoted saying I shouldn’t even talk about a Klitschko fight. With all due respect, Mr Sdunek, you mentioned my name and brought it up right now. And I think it’s because you know that none of the tomato cans Vitali is negotiating at the moment brings as much to the table as I do.”
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Unbeaten American heavyweight hope, the skillful headhunter Seth Mitchell, is banking on hammering in the final nail on Chazz Witherspoon‘s professional boxing coffin as it will further propel him into international stardom and a potential fight with one of the dominant Klitschko siblings; WBC incumbent Vitali and WBA/WBO/IBF unified champion Wladimir. Mitchell boxes Witherspoon on April 28 inside the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“To say that I don’t think about [a fight with a Klitschko], I would be lying,” confessed Mitchell, two weeks prior to his highly-anticipated examination with 30-year-old gatekeeper Witherspoon (30-2-0, 22ko).
Mitchell (24-0-1, 18ko) has fast earned a reputation for silky moves and monstrous power, the latter quality, however, has ensured he has oft left the ring in order to go for an early bath as 72 percent of his opponents are separated from their senses. Questions, therefore, have arisen over whether Mayhem can endure 12 rounds; a feat he has yet to accomplish.
“It’s my first time being scheduled for 12 rounds [but] I’m not worried… at all,” the Maryland native said, before explaining how he and his team are readying themselves for 36 minutes of fisticuffs. “We do a lot of our training on a punch count, just picking up my punch, you know, 200 punches a round, 250-260 punches a round, and increasing my sparring rounds.
“I spar 12 rounds straight with various sparring partners coming in and out. Increasing my roll now, just doing the right thing. I’m always a fighter. If you look at my weight, I’ve always come in at a pretty good-because just to stay weight, the heaviest I’ve ever been going up to my average is 243 in 25 fights. I’m not worried about going 12 rounds.”
Mitchell, though, was swift to ensure reporters knew of his “respect for Chazz”. He said: “His record speaks for itself. I consider him to be fundamentally sound. He’s a good technical boxer and he comes to fight. He throws a lot of punches. [It's] just making me sharpen up my game, cross my t’s and dot my i’s.”
On his tactics for the fight, Mitchell disclosed: “I’m not going to go out there reckless. I’m just going to dictate, stay behind my jab. I believe if I put my punches together and stay with my game plan, I could get him out of there but I’m definitely going to be prepared to go hard 12 rounds. I do want to be impressive. I don’t want my knockout streak to stop but at the same time, I’ll go out there to be smart.
“I’m an entertaining fighter… win, lose, or draw, I’m coming to fight and the fans will be entertained. But I definitely… I expect to win. This might be the nail in the coffin for Chazz if he loses this fight, but if I lose this fight, my coffin is going to be in production.
“I’m not ready for my coffin to be in production yet.”
Alan Dawson – London
The British Boxing Board of Control have withdrawn former heavyweight challenger Dereck Chisora’s licence to box after convening with the 28-year-old and his promoter – Frank Warren – today, March 14, in Cardiff. The disciplinary measure follows the example set by the WBC who removed Chisora from their world rankings and suspended the north Londoner indefinitely because of his press conference brawl with David Haye last month.
What had been a determined, courageous and battling performance against Vitali Klitschko – a champion famed for his brutal dominance over a plethora of contenders – was marred by controversial behaviour before, during and after Chisora’s decision defeat to the Ukrainian at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.
“I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career,” said Chisora in the aftermath of slapping Vitali, spitting water on Wladimir and the ruckus with Haye.
Robert Smith – the BBBoC secretary – commented today that Chisora is “not a fit and proper person to hold a licence. It has been withdrawn immediately.” He added: “The British Boxing Board of Control deplore what occurred at the weigh-in [the slap], in the ring before the contest commenced [spitting water] and at the post contest press conference [the fight with Haye]. Such behaviour brought the sport of boxing, the British Boxing Board and all licence holders into disrepute.”
Taking into account Chisora’s statement of regret in February, Smith continued: “Dereck Chisora, on his own admission, did not behave in a manner consistent with that of a professional boxer and let down, not only himself and his family, but, also, all those licence holders who behave in a professional manner.”
While his behaviour outside of the ring has been condemned, his performance inside it won worldwide plaudits and match-ups with Tomasz Adamek, an all-London tie with Haye and a shot at Wladimir had all been mooted, however, such fights will now be denied to Dereck. Chisora, though, does have 14 days to appeal the decision. Something Warren said he would “consider”.
While Haye is officially retired, he is outside the jurisdiction of the BBBoC: “He is not a licence holder of the British Boxing Board of Control,” said Smith, yet should Haye pursue a potential world title challenge against Vitali and reapplies for a licence then the Board will take into account “the part he played in the disgraceful scenes.”
Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Prominent heavyweight pair David Haye of London and Vitali Klitschko of Kyiv have reiterated their interest in boxing the other this weekend as the Briton explained via his official Twitter account that he is “ready to rumble” with the long-reigning champion of the WBC title, while Vitali, speaking after the emphatic conclusion of his younger brother Wladimir’s victory of Jean Marc Mormeck, stated he would give Haye a “title shot“.
“Hi everybody, hello to England,” said Vitali (44-2-0, 40ko) when addressing British broadcaster Sky Sports.
With Wladimir’s four round annihilation of Mormeck and Vitali’s own bruising encounter with game Briton Dereck Chisora in February, there are already questions over whom the dominant Klitschko brothers will match-up with next.
Despite Haye’s surrender at the fists of Wladimir last summer in a high-profile heavyweight unification, the two-weight world champion has campaigned for a shot at Vitali… something the 40-year-old prizefighter has oft been receptive to. The duo have their own rivalry, with Vitali appalled at the disrespect Haye showed the Ukrainian siblings during the promotion for the Hayemaker’s bout with Wlad.
“This [a contest with Haye] would be great,” said Klitschko the elder, dubbed Dr Ironfist due to his 86 percent knockout rate with notable stoppages over Tomasz Adamek, Odlanier Solis and Chris Arreola. “David Haye is not world champion anymore. I [will] give him [a] title shot,” Vitali added.
Vitali and Wladimir together present themselves as ambassadors to the sport. The former even has respectable pursuits outside of pugilism as he is heavily involved in politics in his homeland, however, the brawling scene that overshadowed his victory over Chisora – the notorious “glass” laden scuffle between Del Boy and Haye – has left Vitali asking for fighters to respect each other outside of the ring.
“Chisora attacked David Haye and Haye needed to defend himself,” he commented. “It’s bad for boxing. It’s not just street fighting. It’s not MMA. We need respect for our opponent.”
Back to the prospective Haye showdown, Vitali said in a concluding statement: “You never know… in [the] next months Klitschko [could] fight David Haye; I will be happy to fight him and knock him out!”
Jose Sulaiman, president of the WBC, has followed strictly all the actions related to the misconduct of Derek Chisora, considered one of the worst behaviors ever by a professional boxer, and we stand strongly with the BBBoC and the BDB to resolve this case immediately. The WBC is absolutely condemning behaviors that are not to be accepted in boxing and will act as soon as it can proceed to impose the fines and sanctions as we consider necessary.
The WBC is imposing a serious fine to be finally determined after the 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 Derek 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.
Derek 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.
Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Should heavyweight contender and former two-weight world champion Tomasz Adamek dispatch of Nagy Aguilera on March 24 at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York then a mouthwatering match-up with pressure fighting Briton Dereck Chisora could await, according to Polish media Super Express, who write that Chisora’s representatives even met with executives from Polish television channel Polsat regarding the financial incentives available.
Both fighters have been defeated by current WBC heavyweight world titlist Vitali Klitschko; Chisora (15-3-0, 9ko) by decision and Adamek (44-2-0, 28ko) by way of stoppage, however, Chisora’s antics before, during and after his challenge to Vitali’s supremacy sparked international outrage and could face heavy sanctions that are speculated to include anger management classes, a fine and even a suspension from prizefighting.
Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Vitali Klitschko (44-2-0, 40ko) suffered multiple injuries during his successful defence of the WBC heavyweight world championship against Dereck Chisora (15-3-0, 9ko) last Saturday, February 18 inside the impressive Olympiahalle venue in Munich, Germany.
Following his triumph – a 12 round unanimous decision victory – Klitschko underwent an MRI scan where it was found he had partially torn a ligament in his left shoulder whilst also damaging a nerve in his tissue – most likely caused in the third round. Vitali’s ability to throw his left hand was therefore compromised during the fight and he instead loaded up with his right.
In 2000, Klitschko suffered a similar injury that made him stop the contest against Chris Byrd, yet it is as of yet unknown whether it is the very same shoulder ligament.
Alan Dawson – London
An entertaining heavyweight bout between WBC world championship incumbent Vitali Klitschko and game challenger Dereck Chisora on February 18 in Munich preceded carnage at the post-fight press conference as a ruckus broke out between Chisora and compatriot David Haye. The brawl has been described as a dark day for British boxing, prompting both parties to release statements amid potential sanctions with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC).
Famed for his eccentricities and infamed for his erratic and volatile nature, Chisora (15-3-0, 9ko) made multiple headlines throughout the promotion of his clash with respected champ Vitali (44-2-0, 40ko) due to the notorious weigh-in slap, spitting water into the face of Wladimir just moments before the ring bell signified the commencement of combat, his refusal to play nice once fisticuffs were complete and, of course, the bloody altercation at the presser that saw Haye wield a glass bottle and left David’s trainer/manager Adam Booth with a cut forehead.
Wladimir – the younger brother of Vitali by five years and a member of the WBC king’s corner – expressed his “shock” and “deep embarrassment” over Chisora and his team’s behaviour. He said: “It saddens me how he represented the sport of boxing and disrespected the champion of the world Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in and fight night. But even more embarrassing and disgraceful to the sport was the post fight press conference.”
He continued: “There has to be consequences for these kinds of actions and must never be tolerated by the boxing organisations, the media, fellow boxers and boxing fans. It must be stopped, otherwise the sport of boxing is going to go down the hill fast! I hope some type of action is taken to show the world that the sport of boxing will not tolerate this kind of behaviour.”
Indeed, action does appear to be on the horizon, wholly from the BBBoC, the governing board for boxing in Britain who were, incidentally, absent from Chisora’s dressing room when both fighter and promoter – Frank Warren – were in need of their assistance most due to Wladimir’s protestations over the way chief second Dean Powell was wrapping Chisora’s hands. The escalating issue, which saw Chisora momentarily put his hands down and state he would not box under those conditions was, instead, alleviated by Warren.
The in-ring incident where Chisora spat a mouthful of water over Wladimir was most likely a response to what he perceived to be the changing-room mind games. It does not, however, excuse an action in a sport that has disciplined foundations and the General Secretary of the BBBoC, Robert W Smith, has said that Chisora will be brought before the Stewards of the board on Wednesday, March 14: “under Regulation 25 (misconduct) with regard to his behaviour prior, during and after his contest for the WBC heavyweight championship against Vitali Klitschko in Munich.”
“A further statement will be issued following this hearing,” Smith concluded.
Chisora, whose journey back to London was interrupted by a seven hour spell in police headquarters in Munich where he was questioned over his involvement in the Haye fight, has been swift to issue a statement: “I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career.
“Whilst my behaviour was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over, however this is of course no excuse. I cannot go into the specific details at the moment as the BBBoC will be investigating this matter and also the altercation that took place between David Haye and myself where I was struck by a bottle.
“I have let my family, my team and worst of all the sport I love down. I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation. I acknowledge that I have a duty as a professional boxer to conduct myself properly at all times, especially with boxing being a sport of controlled aggression.
“In Munich I fully cooperated with the German authorities and as a result I was released without charge. I will be making no further comment at this stage and will wait for any formal hearing to take place.”
Haye, himself a former champion of the heavyweight division and a unified world titlist at cruiserweight, was also wanted by police for questioning yet he could not initially be found, leading to headlines in the UK claiming he was on the run. This was far from the case as the Hayemaker had caught an earlier flight due to the threats leveled against him by Chisora… he was told he would be shot and burned.
He said: “I heard Chisora say he planned to ‘shoot me dead’. In light of [what] Chisora had [said] in front of the world’s media, it seemed far more appropriate for me and Adam [Booth] to leave the hotel as quickly as possible. Consequently, I left Munich on an earlier flight on Sunday morning.”
The BBBoC have no jurisdiction over Haye as the fighter is currently retired. General Secretary Smith confirmed: “With regard to Mr. David Haye… [he] is not a licensed Boxer with the BBBoC.”
The 31-year-old Haye, though, expressed his desire to aid any inquiry: “If requested, I shall happily assist the boxing authorities with any investigation they wish to launch and, ultimately, hope that all lessons learned from this incident will be implemented.”
Haye, speaking out “with regret” over the brawl, explained his presence in Munich was “accredited” with a British broadcaster. He continued: “During the post-fight press conference, I was stood at the back of the room. It wasn’t until Bernd Boente said my name and involved me in the press conference that I commented. I was then happy to banter back and forth with Boente and Klitschko, keen to ascertain whether he [Vitali] would stay true to his word and reiterate his desire to do what his younger brother couldn’t do – knock me out.
“At this point Chisora began firing insults at me from his position on the top table. Moments before declaring he wanted to go face to face with me, Chisora assured the gathered media that he would give me ‘two slaps’. Chisora had, of course, already been shrouded in controversy that weekend.
“Despite this, Chisora climbed down from the top table, removed his robe and then walked towards me, entourage in tow, in an aggressive manner. I held my ground but, unfortunately, he caused a serious disturbance to occur, something which threatened to damage the reputation of the sport we both love. Regrettably, some members of his entourage also encouraged the chaos.
“I realise I am no angel – and don’t mind a bit of professional trash-talk to help raise boxing’s profile but, during my 21 years in the sport, I have never been involved in, or even witnessed, such a serious fracas. I also hope Dereck Chisora is able to learn from his mistakes this past weekend, right the wrongs and then go on to fulfil his potential in the boxing ring.”
Tommy Barber – London
A spirited heavyweight world title contest between champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora in Germany on February 18 has been overshadowed by a bloody brawl that erupted during the official post-fight press conference. David Haye, who was ringside at the Olympiahalle, attended the presser, attempted to – in the words of Bernd Boente – talk his way into a Vitali fight, and made Chisora irate. Dereck confronted David and, when the scuffle broke out, complained he had been “glassed“.
(Video embedded above credit – YouTube, Bokserorg)
Haye has been photographed landing a right hand on Chisora’s chin with a glass bottle clenched in his fist. It prompted Chisora to scream: “He glassed me. I swear to God, David, I am going to shoot you. I am going to shoot you. I am going to physically shoot David Haye.”
Amid the fight, Adam Booth – Haye’s trainer and manager – somehow suffered a ghastly cut around the hairline. Booth spoke of his desire to find out who glassed him also, to which Chisora explained that it was David who was holding the bottle and that he may have struck Booth accidentally. (Editor’s note: the cut could have been caused when Haye threw a camera tripod in the direction of Don Charles, only for it to collide with Booth).
The catalyst for the kerfuffle appeared to be the declaration made by Vitali Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente that, because of their “bad experiences” with British fighters, they will now look to other countries for opponents for the Klitschko siblings. This prompted David Haye to perk up at the back of the conference: “You don’t want to fight David Haye, no?”
Boente responded by stating that Haye “had an offer.” He added: “You didn’t accept it. Now you are out. You are out. Out, out, out. You cannot talk yourself back into the fight; you have no belts. Chisora showed heart, contrary to you. You showed your toe.”
Chisora, perhaps agitated at Haye sharing his spotlight, slammed his London rival for effectively destroying box office in Britain and ruining the hopes of a lot of young fighters to make money on the Sky Sports pay-per-view platform. Frank Warren, Chisora’s promoter, then suggested a battle of London between his fighter, Del Boy, and the Hayemaker, with the winner getting a shot at Klitschko, something Boente was interested in.
Haye, though, was focused on Vitali: “Vitali said he could knock me out, do you think you can knock me out?”
Chisora’s trainer, Don Charles, requested Haye be removed by the premises by security. Haye then called Chisora a “loser” for his unsuccessful tilts against Tyson Fury, Robert Helenius and now Vitali, which inspired Dereck to approach Haye.
The German police have since taken Chisora and Charles into Munich headquarters for questioning, however, their pursuit of Haye has thus fair not yielded results as the Bermondsey puncher was not present at his hotel.
The case continues…
Alan Dawson – London
Dereck Chisora‘s boxing stock rose at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany on Saturday, February 18 as, even though he was convincingly decisioned by Vitali Klitschko, his effort was courageous and commendable. Klitschko owned the opening half of the fight, but Chisora unsettled the champion between rounds six to eight based on pure pressure. Klitschko, though, closed the show and goes home with the WBC heavyweight world title.
Official verdict: Klitschko wins unanimous decision.
Dressed in regal medieval clobber, Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora received a villain’s welcome by the ever-loyal and pro-Vitali crowd in Germany (enhanced further by the notorious weigh-in slap). Introduced by Michael Buffer and LL Cool J’s classic rap hit Mama Said Knock You Out, Chisora slowly walked to the ring with his trademark do-rag covering his mouth. When he got to the turnbuckle, he turned to brazenly face the boos one last time before entering the ring.
There was fierce gamesmanship in the hour that preceded the introductions as Wladimir Klitschko, who had been nominated to witness the hand-wrapping, was refused admission into Chisora’s dressing room amid fierce opposition as to how Dean Powell was applying tape on Dereck’s fists… it even got to the stage where Chisora explained he would not fight if Powell was not allowed to wrap his hands as he had done throughout their professional relationship.
Considering the psychology involved, there was a question of whether Vitali would make Chisora wait in the ring but Klitschko’s ring-walk was not protracted at all and was surprisingly short. Not content with ruffling Vitali’s feathers, Chisora, just moments before the two fighters were left alone in the ring with the referee, spat water all over Wladimir’s face in an act that left the younger Klitschko sibling unamused… clearly the Londoner was doing all he could to stir up trouble at the Olympiahalle.
It took less than a round for that trouble to come back to haunt him as, even though Chisora boxed small, Klitschko landed one of his trademark right hands the momentarily shook the challenger. Chisora fought predominantly on the front-foot while Vitali, in stark contrast to how he boxed in his most recent outing against Tomasz Adamek, boxed backwards while peppering Chisora with head-shots.
Chisora led with his jab in the second round, taking a fight to Klitschko who was unaccustomed to such pace and desire as Del Boy, who was built like a bison, was – after five minutes of fisticuffs, unfazed about Vitali’s power, however, in the stanza’s final minute, Klitschko landed two big shots, the most damaging being the right hand pounding the temple.
A known admirer of Joe Frazier, Chisora was expected to apply more head movement against one of the heaviest hitters at heavyweight, but in the second, he absorbed far too many clean punches. In the third round, though, Chisora applied more of an orthodox guard which provided a suitable shield to Vitali’s one-two-three combo. In the second minute of the third, Chisora attempted to hook around the side and land on Klitschko’s cheek but still the Englishman was yet to land flush.
Despite lagging on the scorecards, Chisora did have his moments, he dispatched left hooks, refused to take a step back, threw multiple shots and worked hard to control the ring and, even though Klitschko relinquished the centre of the ring to Del Boy, it was the Ukrainian who controlled the fight in general as he landed at will from mid-range to the outside while circling Chisora. The pressure Chisora was maintaining, therefore, ensured that a 40-year-old prizefighter would always have to use his legs, but even though he was making Vitali move, he was eating too many right hands as a result.
When Chisora had gotten into the inside area, where he wanted to operate, Vitali would tie up and Dereck would hook a fist into the midsection and, in the sixth round, Chisora enjoyed one of his better spells where he connected with his hooks, landed huge overhand rights and, with a minute left on the round clock, a right cross and a few more body blows to boot.
The success Chisora had in the sixth continued into the seventh as the punches he was throwing were, unlike what had transpired for him early on, were landing while Klitschko, whose fortunes suffered in the contest’s midway stage, appeared discombobulated. Even in the eighth, it seemed like Klitschko’s shotting was mainly arm-punches and he lacked the clean accuracy he had during the opening – and one-sided – swordsmanship.
During the championship rounds, Vitali relocated his rhythm. Chisora occasionally scored with the overhand right, as well as the hook punches, but the judges gaze will no doubt have been drawn to the Klitschko flow. In the final round, Klitschko kept Chisora offof him with his jab, but Chisora instead began loading up on power. To negate the heavier leather, Vitali clinched and resorted to spoiling tactics.
Chisora successfully polarised opinion with his pre-fight antics, but, taking into account his actual boxing, it is hard not to be enthralled by his sheer courage, the phenomenal punch resistance, the pressure and his tactics. By the same token, Vitali too deserves credit for overseeing the challenge and retaining possession of the WBC championship belt for the eighth time in his third reign as a world titlist in the heavyweight division.
With the win, Vitali rose to 44-2-0, 40ko while Chisora dropped down to 15-3-0, 9ko, however, a fight between Chisora and Wladimir gathered momentum as the latter exchanged volatile words with the former when the fight was over…