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Haye Explains Why He Struck Chisora, Clarifies Incident

By David Haye

It is with regret that I feel I have to issue this statement to clarify certain matters, following an unfortunate incident that occurred on Saturday night (February 18) in Munich, Germany, at the Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora post-fight press conference.

I was in Munich to watch the WBC world heavyweight title bout between Klitschko and Chisora and provide punditry for BoxNation, and accredited as such.

During the post-fight press conference, I was stood at the back of the room. It wasn't until (Klitschko's manager) Bernd Bonte said my name and involved me in the press conference that I commented. I was then happy to banter back and forth with Bonte 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. I felt as though the public would want to hear more information about this potential bout and that we could both start beating the drum ahead of a showdown later this year.

However, at this point Chisora began firing insults at me from his position on the top table. In fact, he has recently made a habit of saying derogatory things about me in the press.

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. Nevertheless, Chisora and I soon separated, brushed ourselves down and moved in opposite directions. The confrontation then reignited, however, and both Don Charles and Adam Booth became involved in the mess. Adam suffered a cut to the head.

Thankfully, it didn't take long for the ruckus to again settle down. It was then that I heard Chisora say he planned to 'shoot me dead'.

I decided to leave the venue and return to my hotel, a move which I hoped would diffuse the situation. However, Chisora's team were staying at the same hotel as me and, in light of the threats Chisora had made in front of the world's media, it seemed far more appropriate for me and Adam to leave the hotel as quickly as possible.

Consequently, I left Munich on an earlier flight on Sunday morning and have been thinking about what happened ever since, as well as replaying the incident many times via YouTube. It goes without saying, I am bitterly disappointed to have been a part of what transpired on Saturday evening.

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. 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.

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FeFist on 07-19-2012

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;11805222]Gaye could not even deter an old man, let alone Chisora with his weak Gayemakers.[/QUOTE] [IMG]http://gif.mocksession.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/HAYE-CHISORA-KTFO.gif[/IMG]

Comment by pit on 02-21-2012

[QUOTE=chaos;11803858]Most people are smart enough to realize that with all the cameras rolling there's only so much Chisora would've done when they were face to face. He was holding a mic in one hand and they were head to head,…

Comment by EdMon917 on 02-20-2012

It was a mistake they happen. Now move on and leave the sport since you retired.

Comment by theboy_racer on 02-20-2012

[QUOTE=pit;11803826]Are you serious !!?? Dereck cause this whole mes. One he should not have left the podium, two he had already threaten to beat haye on the spot, if ever the two met and his actions this past weekend proved…

Comment by vacon04 on 02-20-2012

[QUOTE=nomadman;11805369]It was very imprudent for a retired former belt holder to crash a press conference drunk, run his mouth like a stuttering buffoon and not expect a nutter like Chisora to want to shut him up, no?[/QUOTE] Yes it was,…

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