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Derek Chisora is never far from controversy. Throughout his career he has caused problems.
Some outbursts have landed him in hot water with the boxing authorities, some have wound up opponents and some have just been downright stupid.
But a lot of it has kept him in the news – even if it is for the wrong reasons. Chisora is a heavyweight who won’t retire despite heading into this weekend’s clash with Kubrat Pulev on the back of three defeats to take his loss tally to 12 in total.
There have been world title challenges, name changes, shocking performances, brilliant knockouts, table throws and vile verbal attacks. Here’s a run down of some of the most famous bad moments in the weird and wild career of Chisora.
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Throwing a table at Dillian Whyte (December 2016)
The pair were already warned about their behaviour at previous media conferences but ahead of the clash on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Eric Molina, promoter Eddie Hearn went against a previous plan to stage separate press conferences for each fighter.
Hearn was keen to drum up interest in the Sky Sports pay-per-view at the time with many not too impressed with Joshua’s opponent.
Whyte and Chisora were fighting for the former’s British heavyweight title but tempers immediately flared at the press conference which took place a few weeks after the latter had thrown a glass at his rival in a Sky Sports interview.
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Chisora reacted to goading from Whyte and picked up a table and fired it over Hearn and Sky Sports commentator Adam Smith before it landed on Whyte and his trainer Mark Tibbs.
Security then had to rush in to separate the two teams while Hearn dashed off to ring British Boxing Board of Control chief Robert Smith to beg him not to ban Chisora and scupper the fight. The British title was withdrawn from the bout and Chisora was fined £30,000 but the pair were allowed to fight.
Press conference punch up with David Haye (February 2012)
Chisora had just put up a courageous effort in a world title fight against Vitali Klitschko in Munich when he was addressing the media in a press conference. Former world champion David Haye showed up with the plan to goad Klitschko into giving him a crack at his WBC title.
But when Chisora and Haye began to exchange words, all hell broke loose. Chisora left the stage and confronted his fellow Brit among the seated press.
The pair exchanged blows with Chisora claiming Haye “glassed him” as he was holding a bottle at the time he threw a punch. Haye’s trainer Adam Booth suffered cuts to his face in the melee which also saw a tripod being used as a weapon.
Chisora was arrested before being released without charge but had his British boxing licence revoked by a furious board. Haye fled Germany and because he was in retirement, he wasn’t punished by the BBBofC. However, when Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren made a real fight between the pair, they needed the Luxembourg Boxing Federation to oversee the contest as the British authorities refused to reinstate either man’s licence.
Haye stopped Chisora when they settled their differences in the ring at West Ham’s Upton Park in July 2012. Remarkably, Haye would later become Chisora’s manager.
Klitschko slap and water split (February 2012)
Chisora was a huge underdog against Vitali Klitschko when they met for the WBC heavyweight title in Munich so he tried his best to rattle the Ukrainian icon.
At the weigh-in for the fight, Chisora slapped his opponent which almost sparked a brawl and saw both men having to be pulled apart.
But it didn’t end there, moments before the fight as the men squared up in the ring, Chisora spat water into the face of Klitschko’s brother Wladimir and had to be pushed back by promoter Frank Warren.
He was then comfortably outboxed by the Ukrainian and would never fight for a world title again.
Kiss off with Carl Baker (February 2010)
At the press conference before he faced Baker, Chisora was in a dark mood. There were plenty of verbal nasties exchanged between the pair.
Then they stuck their heads together before Chisora planted a kiss on Baker’s lips which caused his heavyweight rival to erupt.
Chisora shouted he would make his opponent his ‘girlfriend’ amid the ugly scenes before he went on to stop his foe in the second round at Wembley Arena.
Biting Paul Butlin (May 2009)
Chisora mimicked Mike Tyson but not with ferocious power or blitzing through opponents. Instead, he decided to bite an opponent’s ear during a fight. Referee Dave Harris missed Chisora sinking his teeth into Paul Butlin’s ear during their York Hall fight so Chisora escaped disqualification on the night.
However, TV footage clearly showed the bite and he was later banned from the ring for four months.
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