By Johnny Walker
According to reports out of the UK, British heavyweight contender Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora has been banned from fighting “indefinitely” by the British Boxing Board of Control.
“He not only let himself and his family down, but all those licence holders who behave in a professional and disciplined manner,” said BBBoC chairman Robert Smith.
“The stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control want to make it absolutely clear that such behaviour by a licence holder will not be tolerated.
“The board have decided Dereck Chisora is not a fit and proper person to hold a license and have withdrawn it with immediate effect.”
Smith said the ban will have a minimum time period of two years.
The decision is a reaction to the events that took place before and after Chisora’s unsuccessful challenge against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last month in Germany.
Chisora slapped the champion hard in the face at the weigh-in, spit water in Wladimir Klitschko’s face in the ring, and engaged in a brawl with UK counterpart David Haye at the post-fight presser.
Chisora has 14 days to appeal his sentence, but his promoter Frank Warren says the Chisora camp are still undecided about their next move.
The British heavyweight is a native of Zimbabwe, and could presumably seek to be licensed either there or somewhere else outside of the United Kingdom.