Haye gives his side of the story about brawl in Munich
By Sean McDaniel: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye finally came out with his version of what happened last Saturday night in the Vitali Klitschko – Dereck Chisora post fight press conference brawl in Munich, Germany.
Haye pretty much went over the obvious points, Chisora making a threat that he was going to slap him twice, and then walking up to confront Haye resulting in a fight. There wasn’t much for Haye to explain other than why he chose to interrupt the press conference, why he appeared to hit Chisora with a bottle, and why he took off afterwards without being interviewed by the German police in Munich.
The points Haye covered in explaining himself were as such:
* He didn’t say anything during the Klitschko-Chisora post fight press conference until Klitshko manager Bernd Boente mentioned his name and started making comments. At that point, Haye chose to speak up and ask Vitali why he wasn’t going to fight him next.
* Chisora interrupted the conversation between Haye and Boente, insulting Haye and saying he was going to give him “Two slaps.” Chisora then took his jacket off and walked over to confront Haye. This led to “disturbance,” Haye says. Haye then battled both Chisora and his trainer Don Charles briefly.
* Haye feels Chisora initiated the altercation by walking up on him with two of members of his entourage.
* Chisora made threats of wanting to shoot Haye after their altercation.
* Haye decided to leave Munich, Germany during that night rather than risk running to Chisora again.
* Haye says he’ll help with the investigation and is ready to answer questions.
It obviously would have been better had Haye not chosen to show up at the press conference because him being there was going to lead to him being criticized heavily, because he’s the one that wants to fight Vitali next. Chisora was trying to make a case for himself getting a rematch with Vitali after fighting him competitively for 12 rounds. Haye taking over the press conference with his back and forth argument with Klitschko manager Boente kind of took Chisora away from being able to speak. This was Chisora’s big opportunity and he no doubt took issue with Haye appearing to hijack his moment.
This obviously played a HUGE part in Chisora angrily getting up to confront Haye. Previous to this, Chisora’s trainer Don Charles had already asked for Haye to be removed from the ring by security. However, the security failed to do anything and Haye was able to continue to talk back and forth with Boente. From Chisora’s perspective, his moment was ruined and he had to sit back and watch Haye take his opportunity away. You can kind of understand his frustration given that he’s never fought for a world title before and he was being sidelined by Haye taking over the press conference. In hindsight, the security should have ushered Haye out of there because there’s no telling how long the discussion would have went on before Haye finally quieted down. He seemed agitated and it probably wasn’t going to end well even without the brawl.