Chisora escapes police charge over sensational brawl with rival Haye which left 'glassed' trainer with bloodied head
Dereck Chisora has been released by German police without being charged as part of an official investigation into the events of Saturday night's incredible press conference brawl which saw David Haye's manager Adam Booth suffer a nasty facial cut.
Chisora, who threatened to 'shoot' and 'burn' Haye during the melee, was led away by police at Munich airport after attempting to check in for his flight the day after his defeat to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.
Chisora and his trainer Don Charles were taken to police headquarters in Munich for questioning but later freed to return home.
Police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht did reveal that Chisora could still face charges of causing grievous bodily harm.
However, police are still searching hours later for Haye, who was not present at the hotel when they sought to question him.
In one picture of the incident, Haye appears to punch Chisora with a bottle of beer in his fist. It is not yet known how Booth suffered the wound.
Chisora and Haye clash during the post-fight press conference (warning: this video contains explicit language)
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
Take that: Haye launches a right hook which catches Chisora on the jaw
'David Haye is not in his hotel, he is not at the airport,' police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht told Sky Sports News. “We don't know where he is. “We also want to speak to him about what happened last night. We have to hear both sides of the story.
'It's not a charge against David Haye. We have to report everything what happened last night between (Chisora and Haye). Maybe he (Haye) has gone home, yes. Then maybe we would talk to our colleagues in Great Britain.'
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
At the post-fight conference, Chisora
mocked the onlooking Haye for his poor performance against Klitschko's
brother Wladimir last year and tried to goad his rival into a future
Chisora then confronted Haye during the press conference and the two men grappled around the room with onlookers and entourages getting involved.
Bloody mess: 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
At one stage Haye swung a camera
tripod violently at Chisora's trainer Don Charles after trading blows
with him, while Chisora brandished a glass bottle moments later.
Booth somehow suffered a gash on his forehead and claimed to have been 'glassed'.
Police arrived as the incident calmed down and were on hand as Chisora eventually left the arena some time later.
Fight: Haye clashes with Chisora's camp in a bloody confrontation which will be investigated by police
Accusation: Haye's trainer Adam Booth claimed he was glassed
The Police spokesman confirmed they were investigating following an bloody brawl which involved accusations of serious assault, sinister threats and damning video footage.
After putting up a decent showing against Klitschko, Chisora and his promoter Frank Warren appeared to be trying to goad Haye into a high-profile fight between the two Londoners.
Taunt: Haye holds up three fingers to replicate Chisora's third defeat on the bounce after losing his bout with Klitschko
Where it should have stayed: Vitali Klitschko had earlier beaten Dereck Chisora on points
He said: 'David, you and me can get
it on in London. Be quiet. David Haye is an embarrassment. Sky Sports
don't do Box Office because of David Haye. He messed up Box Office for
all the young fighters and I'm going to give him two slaps for that.
'If David Haye is a fighter he should
fight me. Let's fight, me and you. David, how's your toe' Chisora
repeatedly shouted at Haye, referring to the injury he blamed his loss
to Wladimir Klitschko on.
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 launch an official investigation into the brawl
Haye, ignoring a low-key win for Chisora last year, retorted: 'You've had three losses in a row (sic).'
Chisora then said: 'Do you want to tell me to my face Tell me to my face!'
Chisora then left the stage,
approached Haye and went nose-to-nose before appearing to push the
former champion and initiate the brawl which lasted at least five
While the Klitschkos stood and
watched, Haye left the scene while Booth, with blood running down his
face, shouted at Chisora: 'Derek, man-to-man, I want to know who glassed
me. Someone hit me with a bottle.'
Chisora answered: 'Did you see me with a glass'
Spit storm: Chisora was caught on camera blasting Wladimir with water before the fight
Chisora was, in fact, seen with a bottle in his hand, but he was wrestled away by a security guard.
After being confronted by Booth,
Chisora told Haye's trainer-manager: 'If you and David want it (the
fight), then we can do it. Either in the ring or outside the ring. You
let me know. I want it.
'You tell him; his entourage has got nothing on my entourage. I'm going to find him. Your boy had a bottle.'
Even by boxing's often chaotic
standards the unsavoury incident was shocking, drawing gasps and cries
of alarm as those involved fell about the room, knocking equipment over.
Chisora's promoter Warren, labelled the brawl 'ridiculous and stupid'.
Decent showing: Chisora lost on points, but gave Klitschko a run for his money in Munich
'It was unacceptable. It was stupid,' he told BBC Radio 5 Live. 'It doesn't do anyone any favours. It was ridiculous. 'It was a very charged atmosphere. It just got out of hand.'
Warren also called for an inquiry into the scuffle, adding: 'It was something that we can do without in boxing. 'I'd like to see the apropriate inquiry take place.
'People with cool and calm heads need to look at the footage. It was disgusting. 'David should have let Dereck have his moment after what was a gallant performance.'
British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith indicated the governing body would launch an investigation.
'It was extremenly disappointing and disgusting really,' he said. 'There will be hearing. I've seen the footage this morning and it doesn't do the sport any good, or Britain. It was like “Brits abroad”.
'The first thing we need to do is find out the facts. 'I will be contacting the German authorities and now the police to get the facts tomorrow. 'I can't say much more at this stage.'
Temperatures rising: Chisora continued to goad his opponent, even after the defeat
During the melee, Booth and Haye
criticised the Ukrainians' manager Bernd Boente for not agreeing a fight
between the Englishman and WBC champion Vitali.
After watching the unexpected drama
unfold, Wladimir Klitschko told the BBC: 'I'm totally disappointed, it
went a little too far, the sport of boxing shouldn't be like that.
Bloody faces in the press conference… fighting in the ring, not out.
I'm really surprised.'
A fight between the two domestic
rivals had not been too far-fetched a possibility either after Chisora's
brave showing against Vitali.
Few expected him to last beyond the
opening round, especially after he angered the 40-year-old by slapping
him and the pre-fight weigh-in and then spitting water into brother
Wladimir's face in the ring.
Jibe: David Haye was allegedly mocked about the toe injury he blamed for defeat to Wladimir Klitschko last year
But he was composed throughout the
bout and, although he lost comfortably on points (118 – 110 twice and
119-111), he did his chances of becoming a world name no harm at all.
'I came here to fight and that's what
I did and the only thing that beat me today was experience,' he said of
his performance. 'An experienced fighter today won the fight . Did he
hurt me No.'
Chisora also felt he could have done
better than he actually did, adding: 'I'm very disappointed with myself,
I didn't really work my jab, which I wanted to do.
'I'm very disappointed with myself
but you know what I gave a great fight and all the fans at home and all
over the world know that I gave a great fight. I didn't come here to get
paid I came here to win and the only thing that beat me tonight was
Haye, who was commentating for
BoxNation, spent the evening calling out Vitali, who he hopes to fight
this summer, despite technically being in retirement.