Pressure rises on British board to take hard line over Chisora and Haye after WBC ban
The WBC ban on Dereck Chisora is not as Draconian as it might seem but it does crank up the pressure on the British Boxing Board of Control to take exemplary action against Del Boy and David Haye following the madness in Munich.
Frank Warren, Chisora's promoter, is angered by the presumptive nature of the WBC's 'indefinite suspension' of his man but in reality this is an interim ban pending a full hearing.
Chisora had already been alerted to the probability of a fine for his various actions – slapping Vitali Klitschko and spitting water at his brother Wladimir in addition to the post-fight brawl with Haye – by the withholding of $100,000 from his purse.
Night of shame: Dereck Chisora (left) and David Haye brawled in Munich
The WBC has no jurisdiction over Haye as he is officially retired at the moment and not listed in their rankings, from which they have also removed Chisora.
However, their statement implicitly encourages the British Board and the German Federation to deal firmly with both men.
The Germans have indicated that they will not license either of them to box again in Germany, where police are still seeking to question Haye.
Punishment: Chisora has been given an indefinite suspension by the WBC
Our domestic Board meets on March 14 to consider banning Chisora as well as declaring their position in the now less likely event that Haye is offered a comeback fight with Vitali Klitschko and applies for a new license.
The WBC suspension is largely symbolic. It is also lacking in consistency since president Jose Sulaimain had to blame his faulty English for apparently downplaying Floyd Mayweather's conviction – and pending prison term – for assaulting the mother of his children.
His defence against irony, of course, will be that the forces of law and order in the US dealt with Mayweather, while Chisora and Haye damaged boxing.