Dereck Chisora (26-6, 18 KOs) and Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 early) took part in an ill-tempered press conference exchange today that ended abruptly when Chisora threw a table at his London rival.
The two heavyweights have exchanged barbs throughout the build-up to the bout, which takes place at the Manchester Arena live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday night, and the pair also came to blows when filming The Gloves Are Off for Sky Sports, who have released footage of the dust up. You can view it by clicking on this link.
Earlier today, they took to the dais to further promote their battle, but one jibe too many prompted Chisora to lose his head, and his table, as he slung it at Whyte then had to be calmed down by the security staff.
It had opened relatively sedately with Sky’s Adam Smith telling the assembled press that: “The heavyweight division hasn’t been this exciting for quite some time. [Anthony] Joshua [who headlines on Saturday night], [David] Haye against [Tony] Bellew, Whyte, Chisora and [Tyson] Fury to come back. It’s deep, and Dillian and Dereck don’t like each other. We are looking forward to a great heavyweight fight.”
“Shout out to everybody who is here,” said Chisora. “Manchester—The King is here! Twitter was going off yesterday with Gloves Are Off. This is how it is, man—when the same situation happened with Haye, people thought I should be banned. I do what I want, when I want. I’m going to drag him in to deep water.”
“Dereck was scared when I stepped to him at Sky,” claimed Whyte. “Even after the fight this isn’t done. You will pay for it on Saturday night. Ive got loads of ways of winning. I can box or bash him up. I’m going to knock him out as his breath smells of horse shit. He bit me on my chest. He’s supposed to be a heavyweight and use his fists.”
“I’ve got nothing to lose,” chimed Chisora. “I’ve lost six great fights. Before you became Dillian, you were a sparring partner.”
The intellectual cut and thrust of the verbal joust was ended, however, when Chisora decided to put the K “Oh my!” into IKEA and engaged in a spot of Feng shui—later claiming that Whyte had threatened him—in an act of disorder that is likely to land him in hot water with the Board.
More to follow.