Ban shamed boxers, says champion Rose

Boxer Brian Rose feature. Brian with his Lonsdale Belt.
Boxer Brian Rose feature. Brian with his Lonsdale Belt.
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BLACKPOOL’S British light-middleweight champion Brian Rose has condemned “as shocking and embarrassing” the behaviour of Dereck Chisora and David Haye in the aftermath of the controversial world heavyweight title bout in Munich.

The disgraced duo were involved in a brawl after Chisora failed in his bid to beat Vitali Klitschko, and Rose has called on the British Boxing Board to ban Haye and Chisora.

Rose said they had not only damaged the image of British boxing abroad but could also jeopardise the chances of others fighting on the lucrative German stage. The Blackpool light-middle, who defends his title against Max Maxwell at the Winter Gardens in the resort on March 31, said: “They (the Boxing Board) should ban them, not for life because I believe everyone deserves a second chance, but maybe for a year.

“Even that could finish both of them because Haye said he had retired. You can’t let things like this pass unpunished.

“It has set a very bad example and does not put British boxers in a good light. Boxing is a disciplined sport and a noble sport.

“You may have been hitting the man in front of you for ten rounds, but at the end you shake hands and congratulate your opponent, no matter what the result. “The Klitschko brothers have always behaved like gentlemen. After what happened with Chisora and Haye, you can now say they have behaved like gods!”

Rose, who won the British title when beating Prince Arron at Wigan in December, expressed worries about the attraction of Britons boxing abroad in future.

“There is lot of money in German boxing and this may mean they will think again about British boxers fighting over there. That could have an impact on people like me.”

n Haye and Chisora broke their silence last night, though Haye’s whereabouts are still unknown as German detectives seek to question him over the fracas.

In a a statement, he stopped short of apologising for his actions, which included punching Chisora with a fist holding a glass bottle and swinging a camera tripod at Chisora’s trainer’s head.

Chisora, who slapped Vitali Klitschko ahead of Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title defeat and scrapped with Haye after the bout, was arrested by German police yesterday before being questioned and released.

Chisora “wholeheartedly apologised” for his “inexcusable” actions, which also saw him spit water in the face of Klitschko’s brother Wladimir and threaten to “shoot” Haye during the post-fight melee.

In a statement, British Boxing Board of Control secretary Robert Smith confirmed Chisora will appear before stewards on March 14 “with regard to his behaviour prior, during and after” his loss to Klitschko.

Haye is not currently answerable to the Board, having relinquished his licence in October.