Warren unhappy with Chisora ban by WBC
By William Mackay: Promoter Frank Warren isn’t pleased with the indefinite ban plus fine given given to his fighter Dereck Chisora by the World Boxing Council yesterday. Warren feels that there should have been a formal hearing by the WBC so that his fighter could have been able to say his side of the story.
Warren said to SKy Sports News “Somebody arbitrarily saying ‘You’re banned’ can’t be any form of natural justice. Even the police in Germany let Dereck go after questioning. A lot of things happened behind the scenes. There were some things which he did which absolutely were wrong and he should have done, and I’m not condoning that. But at the end of the day, you’re entitled to a hearing before anybody makes a decision.”
It sounds reasonable what Warren is saying, but the WBC President Jose Sulaiman has a lot of say in the organization and I get the feeling whatever he determines ends up as a slam dunk. He already said last week that Chisora would likely be fined, banned and wouldn’t be permitted to be unbanned until he enrolled and completed an anger management class. That’s what’s happening here. Chisora will no doubt have to complete an anger management program before the ban is lifted. As for the fine, there’s no getting around that unfortunately.
Chisora’s problem is that everything he did – slapping Vitali Klitschko, spitting water into the face of Wladimir Klitschko, and making threats to David Haye after their post fight brawl – was caught on television. None of it was here say. Sure, Chisora could have come to a hearing and tried to explain his reasons for slapping Vitali, spitting on Wladimir, and saying he wanted to shoot and burn Haye, but I think it would have been tough for Chisora to convince anyone that he was innocent. I can only imagine what Chisora’s excuses would be. He already said he slapped Vitali because he was upset that Wladimir had twice pulled out of fights with him for an injury. Chisora also said that he spit water in Wladimir’s face because he gave him grief about his hand wraps before his fight with Vitali. However, those obviously good enough reasons for a person to spit in someone’s face or slap them. I think a formal hearing might have ended with the same results unless Chisora had a new spin he could come up with to explain his actions. I kind of doubt that there can be anything said that would explain those behaviors.