Another black eye for boxing: the Chisora-Haye scuffle

February, 21, 2012
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When you hear the term "black eye" in the context of boxing, more often these days it's in terms of the negative stain on the sport after another controversial, idiotic or ludicrous situation take place in and around the squared circle, rather than regarding after-effects on a fighter's eye after absorbing punishment.

The sport absorbed two more black eyes this weekend, one in Germany, stemming from the Vitali Klitschko-Dereck Chisora fight, and then a few hours later, when Spaniard Gabriel Campillo was robbed, in plain sight, by two "judges" named David Robertson and Joel Elizondo, after he plainly beat IBF light heavy champ Tavoris Cloud in Corpus Christi, Texas but was denied his due worth, and Cloud was declared a split decision victor.

Saturday in Munich, 43-2 Klitschko had to work hard to keep 15-2 Brit challenger Chisora at bay, as the Zimbabwe-born hitter showed stamina of energy and resolve, and a good chin, as he chased the 40 year-old WBC heavyweight champion and tried to land a game changer. His brother Wladimir had to work hard not to haul off on Chisora and slug him when the Brit spit water in his face in the ring before the festivities commenced. Chisora showed himself to be something less than the consummate gentleman-sportsman, when he slapped Vitali on Friday, during the pose-off following their weigh in.

Now, Chisora could have exulted in his better than expected performance--which was aided by Vitali's partially torn left shoulder tendon, which shredded around round four, and had him throwing half as many jabs as normal--but instead he doubled down on dumb. At the post-fight presser, Chisora jawed with another clown, David Haye. Haye talked his way into a bout with Wladimir last year, and promised he'd inflict all types of pain and suffering on the younger brother. Instead, the pain and suffering was felt by watchers who had to watch 12 rounds of Haye doing all he could to avoid punishment, and then blame his showing on an injured pinky toe. His performance was the modern day fightgame standard of all talk, no action.

These days, he's angling for a fight with Vitali, and most fight fans seem opposed to his desire, quite rightly pointing out that he'd swindled fans against one Klitschko, and what's to stop him from doing it again?

So, after Klitschko advisor Bernd Bonte told Haye that he couldn't talk himself into a fight with the big bro, and that he should fight Chisora instead, with the winner to meet Vitali, Haye, holding what looks to be a bottle of beer, and Chisora jawed at each other at the presser in Munich, and then advanced at each other. Haye cracked Chisora, which is bad in itself, but he upped the ante when he did so with a bottle in his hand, if video and photos and Chisora's comments are to be believed. A spray of liquid exploded when Haye threw a right hand, and then one can hear a clatter which could be the bottle dropping on the floor. There is scuffling for a bit, and then Hate grabs a camera tripod, and tries to brain Chisora with it. (Lord, the pro fighter doesn't have enough confidence in his fists, and feels the need to use a weapon, or weapons? Weak stuff. Course, Haye's best right hand didn't drop or even buzz Chisora, so...)

"He glassed me!" Chisora yells when a semblance of order is restored. "I swear to God, David, I'm going to effin shoot you. I'm coming to physically shoot David Haye."

Meanwhile, Klitschko takes it all in, with a wide grin. Haye's trainer Adam Booth, with blood dripping from a cut on his forehead on left eyebrow, prolongs the commotion, telling Chisora that he was the one with the bottle, which Chisora denies. "You're a liar and bitch," yells Booth at Bonte, for good measure.

"If David don't fight me, I'm going to physically burn him," Chisora tells Booth. "You tell him that. His entourage ain't got nothing on my entourage." We're sure there are plenty of knuckleheads in each crew, if they follow the lead of their crew chiefs...

The next day, Bavarian police detained and questioned Chisora, before releasing him, Reuters said, and are contemplating lodging assault charges. They looked for but didn't find Haye at his hotel, and the boxer didn't depart on his scheduled flight at the Munich airport, the Mail Online said. Munich police said they could follow up with UK authorities in regards to Haye.

That was the first black eye. The second one, the Campillo Affair, might have been worse, in some ways...Come back for Part II.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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