Wladimir: I don’t accept Chisora’s apologies
By Eric Thomas: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko isn’t willing to forgive British heavyweight Dereck Chisora for him spitting in his face on February 18th in the ring before Wladimir’s brother WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was about to fight Chisora in Munich, Germany. Chisora later apologized for his actions, but Wladimir doubts his sincerity and isn’t willing to forgive him.
Wladimir told The Voice online: I heard some of the apologies that he mentioned almost the next day – I don’t believe in those apologies, I don’t accept those apologies. It’s something his advisors told him ‘man you got to say because it will help reduce your suspension’. Right now I don’t believe any apologies, and neither does my brother [Vitali]. There has to be consequences and I’m looking forward how it’s going to end.”
Wladimir sure sounds bitter, doesn’t he? I guess he didn’t like getting water spit in his face or having his brother Vitali slapped hard enough by Chisora to leave a big red mark the day before the fight with Chisora. All this turning the other cheek bits by the Klitschko brothers may have made them come across as victims, but I guess it left a bad taste in their mouths because it looks as if neither of them want to get together with Chisora and let bygones be bygones by forgetting the whole thing. That’s the mature way of looking at it. If you see things from Chisora’s perspective, he was just trying to drum up some interest in the fight and create a name for himself at the same time. He may have done a little more than what was needed but he accomplished his objective by being a good show man and drawing more interest in the Vitali fight than it really deserved. So what if Vitali got slapped and Wladimir spit on.
This is boxing and it’s supposed to hurt when you’re in this game. To make the money they make, they need to feel pain, even if it’s the short term variety of being spit in the face or slapped. I think both of them aren’t really seeing what Chisora was trying to achieve here. He was an actor and he was in character, and he didn’t come out of character until the the play was over. There’s no reason to hold a grudge for him doing his job better than what was expected.