Wladimir Klitschko: "Chisora's actions were criminal"
"Chisora's actions were criminal and shouldn't be tolerated," alleges Wladimir Klitschko. Wladimir, the younger brother of Vitali, is viewed by most insiders as the universally-recognized heavyweight champion.
On Saturday, February 18th, at the Olympic hall in Munich, Germany, post-fight banter between heavyweights Dereck Chisora and David Haye escalated into a menacing brawl during the press conference which followed Vitali Klitschko's twelve round unanimous decision victory.
Wladimir Klitschko, in support of his brother's winning effort, was present when the melee took place; and the universally recognized heavyweight champion offered a very sobering commentary following the maligned post-fight scuffle.
"I'm totally disappointed with what I just witnessed," admitted Wladimir Klitschko. "To hear Dereck Chisora say that he was going to shoot David Haye is just going too far. The sport of boxing doesn't need anything like this. I am very disappointed and this is very bad for the sport."
"The fighting that takes place in the ring is in the spirit of sportsmanship and it should stay in the ring. Boxing is about promoting athleticism and competition, not violence. Everything else that happened between David and Derek is just bad for boxing."
The two British fighters traded shots outside of the ring after a heated verbal exchange. Haye fled the scene to end the skirmish, when Chisora threatened to shoot and "physically burn" the brash British fighter; very poor diplomacy as ambassadors of the sport, according to Wladimir Klitschko.
"For two professional British fighters to fight like that outside of the ring on German soil is just embarrassing; not only for them, but for everyone involved in the sport of boxing. I'm very disappointed that this happened."
"There are many young people that look up to the sport of boxing and its champions, and Dereck's behavior this week has been unacceptable. Slapping my brother at the weigh-in, spitting in my face before the fight, and now this fight with David Haye is unacceptable."
"I don't care about his performance inside the ring. Outside of the ring, he has to be punished. Every sport has consequences for deviant actions outside of the game, and boxing has to do something to make him accountable for his actions this week."
On February 18th, it was announced that the WBC was going to withhold a $50,000 USD portion of Chisora's purse for slapping Vitali Klitschko at the pre-fight weigh in media event.
Wladimir Klitschko feels adamant about some kind of punishment being issued, as a result of the two Brit's actions, as a precedent to avoid future episodes.
"In every sport outside of the field of play, the athletes have to respect each other and always act as ambassadors of the sport. Both men should be punished, but especially Chisora. To threaten someone's life like that is criminal and it can't be tolerated. I'm sorry, but he has to be held accountable for stating that he was going to shoot David Haye and threatening him publicly like that."
"It's embarrassing, it's disgusting, and I'm totally disappointed."