Haye out of hiding as police chase star over brawl… but he blames Chisora for bloody Munich fight shame
David Haye has revealed he is 'bitterly disappointed' over his bloody brawl with Dereck Chisora but piled the blame onto his fellow British heavyweight for causing the shameful scenes in Munich's Olympiahalle on Saturday night.
Haye said: 'It is with regret that I feel I have to issue this statement to clarify certain matters, following an unfortunate incident that occurred on Saturday night (February 18) in Munich, Germany at the Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora post-fight press conference.
'I was in Munich to watch the WBC world heavyweight title bout between Klitschko and Chisora and provide punditry for BoxNation, and accredited as such.
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Take that: David Haye punches Dereck Chisora while seemingly holding a drinks bottle
Head-to-head: Chisora squares up to Haye at the post-fight press conference
Melee: A bottle opener is see flying through the air (circled) after Haye threw a left hook
'During the post-fight press conference, I was stood at the back of the room. It wasn't until Bernd Bonte said my name and involved me in the press conference that I commented. I was then happy to banter back and forth with Bonte and Klitschko, keen to ascertain whether he (Vitali) would stay true to his word and reiterate his desire to do what his younger brother couldn't do – knock me out.
'I felt as though the public would want to hear more information about this potential bout and that we could both start beating the drum ahead of a showdown later this year.
'However, at this point Chisora began firing insults at me from his position on the top table. In fact, he has recently made a habit of saying derogatory things about me in the press.
He's back: Chisora arrived in London on Sunday night after catching a flight to Heathrow
Too far: Haye picks up a camera tripod as his violent brawl with Chisora reaches a whole new level
'Moments before declaring he wanted to go face-to-face with me, Chisora assured the gathered media that he would give me “two slaps”. Chisora had, of course, already been shrouded in controversy that weekend.
'Despite this, Chisora climbed down from the top table, removed his robe and then walked towards me, entourage in tow, in an aggressive manner. I held my ground, but, unfortunately, he caused a serious disturbance to occur, something which threatened to damage the reputation of the sport we both love.
Probe: A police car carrying Chisora arrives at the police headquarters in Munich on Sunday
Investigation: Chisora was arrested and taken to this police HQ for questions but was later released
'Regrettably, some members of his entourage also encouraged the chaos. Nevertheless, Chisora and I soon separated, brushed ourselves down and moved in opposite directions. The confrontation then reignited, however, and both Don Charles and Adam Booth became involved in the mess. Adam suffered a cut to the head.
'Thankfully, it didn't take long for the ruckus to again settle down. It was then that I heard Chisora say he planned to “shoot me dead”.
'I decided to leave the venue and return to my hotel, a move which I hoped would diffuse the situation. However, Chisora's team were staying at the same hotel as me and, in light of the threats Chisora had made in front of the world's media, it seemed far more appropriate for me and Adam to leave the hotel as quickly as possible.
Bloody mess: Adam Booth suffered a head injury during the brawl after claiming he was glassed
Armed: A video still appears to show Dereck Chisora holding a bottle
'Consequently, I left Munich on an
earlier flight on Sunday morning and have been thinking about what
happened ever since, as well as replaying the incident many times via
YouTube. It goes without saying, I am bitterly disappointed to have been
a part of what transpired on Saturday evening.
'I realise I am no angel – and don't
mind a bit of professional trash-talk to help raise boxing's profile –
but, during my 21 years in the sport, I have never been involved in, or
even witnessed, such a serious fracas. If requested, I shall happily
assist the boxing authorities with any investigation they wish to launch
and, ultimately, hope that all lessons learned from this incident will
'I also hope Dereck Chisora is able
to learn from his mistakes this past weekend, right the wrongs and then
go on to fulfil his potential in the boxing ring.'
Fight: Haye clashes with Chisora's camp in a bloody confrontation which will be investigated by police
Taunt: Haye holds up three fingers to replicate Chisora's third defeat after losing to Vitali Klitschko
Where it should have stayed: Vitali Klitschko had earlier beaten Dereck Chisora on points
Centre of attention: The Zimbabwe-born boxer has been involved in a number of controversial incidents
Line of the law: Police were called to the scene and will launched an official investigation into the brawl
Spit storm: Chisora was caught on camera blasting Wladimir with water before the fight
Decent showing: Chisora lost on points, but gave Klitschko a run for his money in Munich