Berlin: World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko wants to grant Dereck Chisora a rematch to ‘punish’ the British fighter for his brawl in Munich with David Haye, but his manager has blocked the idea.
Klitschko defended his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night with a unanimous win over Chisora, but in the post-fight press conference, the Brit traded blows and insults with compatriot and former champion David Haye.
Both Chisora, 28, and Haye, 31, are under investigation by German police, who have said the pair could both face prison sentences or fines.
Pending the police investigation, Chisora has had part of his fight purse withheld.
After Chisora slapped him in the face at the pre-fight weigh-in, then spat water in the face of his brother Wladimir just before the title bout, Vitali Klitschko has said he is appalled by Chisora’s behaviour.
In spirit, I have no need for revenge, but my ego tells me that this man deserves real punishment. I want to knock him out in the ring,” the Ukrainian champion told German daily Die Welt.
Klitschko, 40, damaged his left shoulder in the fight and will take up to eight weeks off, but his management moved quickly on Tuesday to pour cold water on any rematch plans.
A rematch is absolutely inconceivable and won’t happen, Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente told SID, an AFP subsidiary.
Of course, Vitali has been affected emotionally, but a fight is not up for discussion and we will not offer Chisora a further platform.
The hearing takes place inLondonnext month when he (Chisora) will be banned for between nine to 12 months, said Boente.
In addition, he will fall out of the WBC’s top 15 rankings and will have to fight his way back up.
Vitali now needs six to seven weeks of treatment and rehabilitation inHamburgandKiev. Then we’ll see.
Chisora also faces being unable to fight here as Thomas Puetz, the president ofGermany’s Professional Boxers (BDB) Federation, has said he wants to see the Brit banned and on Sunday he branded Chisora a ‘public menace’.
Both Chisora and Haye issued apologies on Monday, but the fall-out from their well-documented brawl is likely to last some time.
Chisora was detained and questioned byMunichpolice on Sunday before being released while Haye flew back toBritainbefore police could speak to him.
Klitschko says Chisora has tarnished boxing and he was a bemused by-stander as events unfolded.
I saw it all from the stage, I thought I was in some kind of film, said Klitschko.
This was lower than low, I thought it was a play act and just for show, but then I realised that it wasn’t.
He must be sick in the head, when you think of all he has done.
The slap in the face, he spat at Wladimir in the ring, and then he fought at the press conference and threatened to shoot someone.
How can anyone behave like that? It’s unbelievable, I can’t believe it.
What is in this guy’s head? Everything I have seen of him is just a nightmare.
They are both cut from the same cloth. The same thing applies to him (Haye) as to what I said about Chisora, said Klitschko.