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Dereck Chisora Ban Upheld by WBC; Boxing Can No Longer Surprise Us

June 22nd, 2012 at 12:11 PM
By Sharon Scrima

'New York - Time Square' photo (c) 2010, Marc Veraart - license: the calamity of the entire situation surrounding bad boy British heavyweights Dereck Chisora and David Haye, the latest news over the last 24 hours should come as no surprise to the boxing community. Nothing should surprise us after what we witnessed with Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley on June 9 and continue to experience with the ongoing Chisora-Haye saga.

The WBC has ruled to uphold the indefinite ban issued against Chisora for his behavior before, during and after the February 18 championship bout with Vitali Klitschko. Their justification, in part, is because Chisora 'has not even showed any sign of regret or apology' for his actions.

Chisora did issue a formal apology in the days following the brawl with Haye in Munich. Beyond this, however, the only actions he has since taken is to file an appeal with the British Boxing Board of Control, obtain a license with the Luxembourg boxing commission for a July 14 fight with Haye in London, promote and train for such a fight.

It is not surprising that his primary concern is securing his livelihood rather than showing a deeper level of contrition.

The bigger issue is that the embattled boxer has not completed an anger management program mandated as a condition to fight under the WBC's jurisdiction. This step would also show some level of accountability and desire on Chisora's part to effect meaningful change in his behavior.

Again, it is not surprising that he has not done this.

Rather than focusing on his own personal development or self-awareness, Chisora insults his fellow fighters and instigates fans with messages such as the one he recently tweeted from the Prizefighter heavyweight U.K. boxing tournament the other night:

"At Prize Fighter and I can't believe Sky Sports actually pay for this. These guys look like they just walked out of a pub and put gloves on."

No surprise here.

In a statement by Team Chisora, they consider the ruling of the WBC to be 'heavy-handed and inconsistent with the approach they have taken over other fighters'. Chisora's camp points to the WBC's treatment of Floyd Mayweather Jr. after the pay-per-view king plead guilty to a domestic violence charge, yet was still permitted to retain his title and fight Miguel Cotto on May 5. As previously observed, these are different 'crimes' subject to different punishment.

Completion of the anger management course would not only satisfy the WBC requirements but would also go a long way in helping Chisora on a personal level. His team seems to believe it is a more fruitful endeavor to consider filing an appeal with the WBC after the July 14 bout.

This is sad but not surprising.

It is not even surprising to learn that EPIX will make Chisora vs. Haye available to American fans. The fight will stream live at and be shown on the Jumbotron in Times Square in New York.

A New York state of mind is likely better than that of Chisora's and those who have been guiding him through this fiasco.

Fans will have to make a choice between watching this fight live or the Danny Garcia vs. Amir Khan bout on HBO that is also scheduled for July 14.

What a surprise…..


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Tags: Amir Khan, Boxing, Danny Garcia, David Haye, Dereck Chisora, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Timothy Bradley, Vitali Klitschko

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