18th February 2012

Londoner Dereck Chisora tried to unsettle heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko at the weigh for their heavyweight clash on Saturday night, by giving the Ukrainian champion a slap, as the pair came face to face for the final time before they meet in the ring.

It wasn’t the best PR move by DelBoy and it didn’t go down too well with most, in-fact the stunt as landed him with an apparent £31,000 fine, but Chisora in no mood to play games, tried to justify his actions afterwards when he said;

I’m in a fight mood man, what you think I’ve come here to play games? – I’m Mr Nice, when it’s nice I can give you what you want, I haven’t come here to play games. – I’ve come to fight.” – Dereck Chisora.

Klitschko visibly shocked by the attack did not retaliate as the two boxers were pulled apart by their camps, but the champion vowed to take his revenge in the ring in Munich.

“He hit me not like a boxer but like a woman, with an open hand,” said the World Boxing Council (WBC) champion.

“If he wants to fight properly, he must do that with his fists. I’ll be hitting him back tomorrow, in the ring.”

Chisora lands the first blow on Klitschko at the weigh in for Saturday Nights Heavyweight title fight

Chisora, 28, is a big underdog going into the fight after suffering two high-profile losses in his last three fights.

Ukrainian Klitschko, 40, added: “He’s not all there. Dereck is full of nervousness and I feel he is afraid, otherwise he would not have jumped back like he did.

Chisora’s trainer Don Charles said his fighter’s actions were “totally unacceptable”.

“I’m speechless,” he said. “I’m with him 16 hours of every day and I didn’t see that coming. It’s totally unacceptable.”

Jose Sulaiman, president of the WBC, described the slap as “unacceptable” and suggested that Chisora could face a heavy fine.

He told BoxingScene.com:  “This is definitely a lack of respect for the sport and completely unacceptable.

“It was a cheap shot and my message is that there is a fine so he’ll feel it.

“He’s no gentleman at all and he’s failed in what we expect from boxers.

“He wanted Vitali to lose control but Vitali will make him pay for this in the ring, definitely.”
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“Somehow, Klitschko refrained from hitting back,” said Costello. “He looked shocked. It has never happened to him before.” said BBC Radio 5 live boxing reporter Mike Costello.

Chisora insisted on Thursday he would take Klitschko’s title.

“I will end the Klitschko reign and cause a massive upset,” said Chisora. “It is the end for Vitali, I promise you.”

Promoter Francis Warren, representing his Dad Frank’s company, said: “We’re all scratching our heads about it, to be honest.

“You always expect something from Dereck – he’s a character – but it’s usually something that winds people up or is a bit jovial.

“So for him to get physical and aggressive, unprovoked, is surprising. But I’m sure there’s method to his madness and we’ll find out if the madness has paid off tomorrow night.”

“I’ll sit down and have a chat with Dereck about it but at the moment we’re focused on tomorrow night.

“Dereck is obviously a fiery character and that has got him to where he is. He can react like that to situations but he is a boxer, a fighter. Let’s focus on the fight.” added Warren.

Chisora weighed in at 17st 3lbs, just a pound heavier than his lightest weight for a professional bout. Klitschko came in at 17st 6lbs.

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