News – Chisora Suspended Four Months For Bite Incident; Fury Doubts he’ll Get Williams Bout
By Nate Anderson: Undefeated British heavyweight Derek Chisora (10-0, 5 KO’s) has reportedly been suspended four months for biting Paul Butlin on the ear in Chisora’s 8-round decision victory on May 22nd at the York Hall, according to Boxing News.
Along with the four month suspension by the Southern Area Council, Chisora was fined £2,500 for the episode. The bite incident was a strange one, though, as Chisora had been easily dominating the over-matched Butlin at the time that Chisora appeared to bite Butlin on his right ear in the 5th round while in a clinch.
During the round, Butlin had done little other than take shots to the head and occasionally clinch. It wasn’t as if Butlin was landing a lot of hard shots or fouling Chisora, because I saw no such episodes of intentional fouls or head butts from Butlin in the 5th or the prior rounds.
For the most part, Butlin was taking his beating from Chisora without any complaints and not doing any extracurricular activity that you’d think would warrant Chisora biting him. Chisora can appeal the suspension if he chooses to and has 14 days to do so.
However, it’s unclear whether an appeal will change the outcome of the suspension. I’ve personally seen the video of the bite incident many times and it looks as if Chisora bit Butlin on the ear with his mouthpiece still in.
You can see Butlin pulling back with a pained look on his face immediately after Chisora buried his head into the right ear region of Butlin. As soon as the incident occurred, Butlin complained to the referee Dave Parris, who examined Butlin’s ear but didn’t disqualify or deduct any points any points from Chisora.
Obviously, the referee didn’t see the bite occur and with Chisora’s mouthpiece in, there perhaps wasn’t any visible bite marks on Butlin’s ear for Parris to see. Never the less, the suspension is a costly one for Chisora, who will no doubt lose out on a June 27th bout against British heavyweight champion Danny Williams and the good payday that Chisora would have received had he been able to make that fight.
Tyson Fury Doubts He’ll Get a Shot Against Williams
Undefeated British heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury (6-0 6 Kos) doesn’t see himself getting a chance at fighting BBofC heavyweight champion Danny Williams now that Derek Chisora has been suspended for four months for biting Paul Butlin in his last fight.
Chisora had been slated to fight Williams on June 27th on the undercard of the Amir Khan vs. Andriy Kotelnik World Boxing Association light welterweight championship bout at the O2 arena, in London, England. However, the suspension removed Chisora as a potential challenger, leaving a void for another heavyweight to step in for the bout.
Given the lack of quality heavyweights in Britain, it would have been a perfect bout for the young 21-year-old Fury to step in and take on the 35-year-old Williams. The problem is Fury hasn’t fought beyond four rounds yet in his early one year pro career.
Fury, who just turned twenty-one on June 1st, would take the fight against Williams if it were offered to him, but Fury doubts that he’ll be able to get the chance because of the risk of something going wrong in the bout.
Having a fighter with only four round experience put in with a heavyweight like Williams, who is accustomed to fighting 12 round bouts, is a risky thing and could result in injury for the fighter not accustomed to fighting that far into a bout.
Fury thinks he could easily fight a 15-round fight if given the chance, but he probably won’t be allowed to get that chance. Unless he hears otherwise, Fury will be fighting on June 13th against a still to be named opponent at Robin Park Centre, in Lancashire.
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