Dereck Chisora and Vitali Klitschko had to be pulled apart at the weigh-in for their WBC Heavyweight Title fight in Germany after Chisora slapped Klitschko in the face in a shocking act of disprespect.
The Londoner is the clear underdog for Saturday’s showdown and attempted to get under the long-reigning champion’s skin in Munich.
Chisora’s actions were immediately labelled “unacceptable” by his own trainer Don Charles, and by his manager Francis Warren, who said it had shocked the team as much as it had Klitschko and the spectators. Warren also claimed that they had been “completely unaware” that their fighter would pull such a stunt.
The ever unpredictable Chisora, 28, who was wearing a distinctive Union Jack balaclava, is no stranger to controversy, having previously kissed Carl Baker at a weigh-in and bitten an opponent in the ring. He now may face action from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) for bringing the sport into disrepute.
After weighing in at 17 stone 3lbs, Chisora literally butted heads with the 6ft 7in Ukrainian kingpin, before slapping him hard on the left side of his face.
The two men were pulled apart, with an unsuprisingly furious-looking Klitschko, who had weighed in three pounds heavier, left with a red mark on the left of his face.
The pair exchanged profanities before Chisora was quickly whisked out of the sports store where the weigh-in was held.
Klitschko, who weighed in at 17st 5lbs, was quick with a scathing response.
“What do you expect from a guy who hits his girlfriend?” he said. “I’m glad he has agreed to fight a man again.”
Chisora has now given Klitschko every reason he could ever want to knock Englishman out in his 10th successive defence of the title. In the days leading up to the fight it appeared that Chisora was slowly gathering momentum in terms of support, however even his fellow countryman may now be baying for his blood.
This is a bizzare move by Chisora, after all the jovial exchanges seen in previous press conferences he decided he would make some form of statement. He looked nervous during the weigh-in, he had clearly planned it out in his head but he has now invited Klitschko into a scrap on Saturday night, something which he may regret.
However, this could prove to be a defining statement in Chisora’s career, his confidence is clear for all to see and instead of having the the torch passed on to him, he is attempting to simply take it from the champion.
But as proven by David Haye, such acts of arrogance or disrespect do not always guarantee the support of the British boxing fans.
The video of the weigh-in can be viewed on YouTube and you can see Klitschko Vs Chisora on Saturday, Feburary 18th live on BoxNation.