Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Klitschko denies Chisora scuffle
By Dan Rafael
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, known as a gentleman outside of the ring, denied on Wednesday British media reports that he brawled with fringe contender Dereck Chisora last week at a nightclub on the Spanish island of Ibiza.
"I'm quite shocked by the recent British media stories about an alleged brawl between myself and Dereck Chisora,” Klitschko said in a statement. “I am a professional prize fighter and let my fists do the talking only inside the ring. I don't want to comment on Chisora's psychological issues.”
According to British media reports, Klitschko and Chisora supposedly were both on vacation on Ibiza when they bumped into each other at the nightclub.
Chisora has had issues behaving himself, and he has a history with the Klitschko family.
In the ring in February 2012, moments before challenging heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir’s older brother, he spit water in Wladimir’s face. Impressively, Wladimir contained himself, and Vitali then won a lopsided decision against Chisora.
Additionally, at the weigh-in before the fight, Chisora slapped Vitali across the face. At the news conference after the fight, Chisora instigated the now-infamous brawl with former titlist David Haye.
This year, on July 20, after scoring a controversial sixth-round knockout of Malik Scott, Chisora said afterward he wanted a fight with one of the Klitschko brothers.
Wladimir Klitschko is scheduled to defend his belts against Alexander Povetkin on Oct. 5 in Moscow. Vitali Klitschko is negotiating terms for his mandatory defense against Bermane Stiverne. Chisora, the mandatory challenger for the European title, is due to fight Sept. 21 in London against an opponent to be determined.