Today at the final press conference to promote this Saturday’s Dereck Chisora-Dillian Whyte clash for the British heavyweight crown, things got well and truly nasty. Chisoa, angered at an apparent “death threat” hurled at him from his bitter rival (no, seriously, fight fans, in this day and age of pre-fight shenanigans, some staged, others not, this particular feud is as REAL as it gets) suddenly picked up a portion of the head table and threw it at Whyte; with it just missing promoter Eddie Hearn’s head.
“Del Boy,” no stranger to both pre-fight and post-fight brawls, etc, was then subdued by security men. The two heavyweights continued to throw insults at one another, the air filled with colourful and offensive language. “Don’t you dare threaten my life,” Chisora yelled at Whyte.
The fight – which we understand WILL still go ahead (although Chisora may well be fined or punished some other way if, as expected, The BBB of C looks into today’s craziness) – will of course be contested under the main event of Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina in Manchester. If the pre-fight nastiness is matched in the ring, we should have some great fight. Again, these two Londoners do not like each other one bit, and the fight should prove to be an intense affair with neither guy willing to give an inch. Defeat is simply unthinkable for both men.
As a result of today’s carnage, it has been announced how Chisora and Whyte will have to weigh-in separately on Friday. While earlier, last month, a planned Gloves Are Off special to go out on Sky Sports had to stop filming due to the two coming to blows.
It’s been quite a hectic time for British boxing press conferences just lately, what with heavyweights David Haye and Tony Bellew screaming at each other last week, Haye even chucking a punch at his rival as they went head to head. How many black eyes has the sport’s image received as a result of these events?