Cleverly: Chisora only needs a small punishment
By Allan Fox: While many people in the boxing community are crying for a stiff penalty from being banned for a year to a lifetime ban for heavyweight Dereck Chisora for his behavior before and during the Vitali Klitshko – Chisora post fight press conference last weekend, WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly feels that Chisora should only get a small penalty, enough for him to change his ways.
Cleverly, 25, told SKy Sports News “I think a lifetime ban is way over the top. It only needs a small punishment to learn the lessons from what happened.”
I wonder what Cleverly has in mind in terms of a small punishment for Chisora for threatening to shoot Haye, for confronting him, for slapping Vitali and for spitting water into the face of Wladimir Klitschko? Chisora was suspended for four months after biting an opponent in a bout in 2009. I wonder if Cleverly would think that four months is a small penalty? Should Chisora get another small penalty like that? It obviously worked great, didn’t it? I think Cleverly’s recommendations are too lenient because a small punishment may not be enough.
It may require a tad more than a small punishment, perhaps a medium punishment of a year would be order? I think small would be four months, and medium would be about a year and of course a large punishment would be a lifetime ban. Do you think Chisora will change with a four month suspension or a six month? Since fighters usually only fight two to three times a year, suspending him for a small amount of time would come out to Chisora missing one fight. I don’t know if that’s going to be enough to really put a dent in his behavior, especially with his increased popularity from the David Haye brawl.