Booth: What Haye did with Chisora was a defensive reflex thing
By Sean McDaniel: Adam Booth, the trainer/manager for David Haye, was quick to explain why Haye chose to punch Dereck Chisora in the head when he walked up on him at the post fight press conference last Saturday night after Chisora had lost to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Munich, Germany.
Booth said it was a reaction of self defense on Haye’s part to strike Chisora before he himself could be hit.
Speaking with the telegraph.co.uk, Booth said “What David did was a defensive reflex. The man [Chisora] said he was going to slap him, walked 20 years towards him, took his jacket off, went straight into a headbutt and shoved his fist into David’s chin. Everything was a defensive reflex from David.”
Booth is correct about Chisora having said he was going to slap him. Chisora said moments earlier in the same press conference that he was going to give Haye two slaps for his belief that Haye ruined Sky Box Office. Within a couple of minutes, Chisora got up and approached Haye to dare him to repeat what he had said about Chisora having lost his last three fights.The fight then broke out with Chisora getting hit with a punch while Haye was holding a bottle in his right hand.
In the same interview, Booth explained why the German police hadn’t found Haye at his hotel room in Munich after the press conference. Booth said that they left for the airport straight after the press conference due to them wanting to avoid running into Chisora and his team at the same hotel room. They were concerned that Chisora might carry out his threat of shooting Haye when he caught up to him.
Both Haye and Chisora could face big problems with the British Boxing Board of Control from their fight. Chisora could lose his boxing for a certain amount of time and possible permanently; whereas the now retired Haye might have a problem getting his boxing license reinstated.