Chisora stripped of licence by BBBofC
Chisora was brought before the Board after a catalogue of incidents last month in Germany where he slapped Vitali at the weigh-in, spat at his brother Wladimir in the ring and brawled with fellow Brit David Haye at a post-fight press conference.
The Board ruled that Chisora was ‘not a fit and proper person to hold a boxer’s licence’ and removed it with ‘immediate effect’, stating that it could be ‘a matter of years’ before the licence was considered for renewal.
Frank Warren, Chisora’s promoter, voiced his displeasure with ‘certain aspects’ of the hearing afterwards, claiming he did not ‘accept for one minute what happened after the fight [Chisora-Haye brawl] was Dereck’s responsibility.’
Accepting his fighter’s actions at the weigh-in and before the fight were unacceptable, Warren also revealed that he believed Chisora’s past misdemeanors had led the Board to make their decision.
The boxer now has 14 days to appeal the decision and Warren said they will consider that option in the next few days adding, ‘But let’s make this clear - this is not a lifetime ban. It is ‘licence withdrawn’.’
When asked to comment on the decision, Chisora only spoke to say, ‘Three letters - MGM, here I come.’ A reference to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a regular venue for world title fights in the United States.
The Board took no action against Haye, as he no longer holds a licence and is beyond its jurisdiction, but warned the former world champion that his part in the shameful brawl would also be considered if he was to ever apply for a licence.