Chisora to have a lawyer represent him at his hearing before the BBBofC
By William Mackay: Heavyweight Dereck Chisora will reportedly have Jonathan Crystal, a well known sport media and entertainment lawyer, represent his case in his March 14th hearing before the British Boxing Board of Control in Cardiff, according to The Telegraph.
Chisora, 28, has three issues of misconduct that his lawyer will have to speak on to the BBBofC: 1. Slapping Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in. 2. Spitting water in the face of Vitali’s brother Wladimir Klitschko in the ring on the night of the fight. 3. Chisora’s involvement with the after fight brawl with David Haye at the post-fight press conference.
Chisora could receive a lifetime ban by the BBBofC, but that’s really doubtful. He’ll likely receive some kind of suspension along with a fine. Even without a lawyer, I don’t see Chisora getting any kind of permanent ban or even a particularly long one such as a year. I don’t know how Chisora’s lawyer will be able to sugar coat what actually happened because it was pretty obvious. Chisora already said why he slapped Vitali and spit water in Wladimir’s face.
The lawyer will need to explain those reasons but I just don’t see how it will change anything. Slapping Vitali in the face was uncalled far. It wasn’t as if Vitali egging him on or anything. Vitali seemed pretty pretty mild-mannered at the weigh-in until getting slapped. As for Wladimir, Chisora wasn’t happy with him because he made a big fuss about Chisora’s hand wraps before the fight and asking for them to be re-wrapped.
Obviously that upset Chisora but he should have kept under control and refrained from spitting water in Wladimir’s face. Just because you’re annoyed with someone doesn’t mean you have to pay them back by spitting in their face with water. Chisora needed to control his emotions instead of acting out. I just don’t think he’s going to be able to avoid some kind of punishment no matter how well his actions are explained. If it doesn’t make any sense it probably doesn’t who tries to explain it, he’s still likely going to be punished by the BBBofC. The ideal punishment would be a few months along with a small fine. Chisora wouldn’t miss more than one fight. However, a nine month ban would be a little tougher.