Dereck Chisora's boxing license has been revoked following his brawl with David Haye and confrontations with the Klitschko brothers last month.
Chisora's behaviour prior to and following his WBC heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko has been deemed unsatisfactory by the British Boxing Board of Control, who called him to a meeting in Cardiff today and withdrew his license until further notice. Chisora and his promoter Frank Warren will now have 14 days to decide whether or not to appeal the decision.
Chisora became embroiled in a highly publicised brawl with David Haye at a press conference last month, which saw both fighters going at it among photographers and culminated with Chisora threatening that he would "shoot" Haye. This incident followed confrontations Chisora had with the Klitschko brothers, slapping Vitali at the weigh-in before their title bout and spitting water in the face of Wladmir.
Board director Robert Smith said of the outcome of the meeting: "The board have decided Dereck Chisora is not a fit and proper person to hold a licence and have withdrawn it with immediate effect."
Chisora, who was photographed smiling and laughing as he left the Board's headquarters, had said ahead of the hearing: "All I want is to give my side of things and be treated fairly. But whatever punishment they inflict, I'll take it on the chin.
"Maybe they've already made up their minds. Maybe they want to make an example of me. Everything's in God's hands. If they ban me, I'm not going to be sulking around the house. I'll still be training because I'm a fighter and I love fighting.
"I just hope they realise how sorry I am and that all I really want is for me to be allowed to get back in the ring again and do what I do best, and fight.
"Because I know one day I will be the world heavyweight champion and that Britain will be proud of me."
Speaking of the confrontations that would eventually lead from his banning he said: "When I look back on it all now I am really embarrassed.
"There was nothing premeditated. It was all spontaneous. Something kicked in. It just happened.When I slapped Vitali I immediately regretted it. I was thinking to myself: 'What did I do that for?" [After contronting Haye] I was shouting, 'I am going to shoot you', but I would never do that, I don't have a gun, I've never owned one and never will. It was just a stupid remark.
"Obviously I regret everything I did and said. Looking back, it would have been better had I stayed at home."
The Board have said that as David Haye is officially retired from boxing they obviously cannot punish him, but if he were to consider reapplying for his license they would take his role in the brawl into account.
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