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17 August 2017
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Del Boy’s Mea Culpa

Dereck Chisora offered his own mea culpa...

Dereck Chisora offered his own mea culpa not long after David Haye. He didn’t skirt the issue, but said he had reasons, which for some reason went unexplained, for his bad behavior, according to boxing.com.

“Following the extensive media coverage that my WBC World Heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in Munich at the weekend has attracted, I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career.”

Way to go Del Boy. That’s a good start.

“Whilst my behaviour was inexcusable,” he wrote, “there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over. However, this is of course no excuse.”

I hate when someone makes an excuse, before saying it’s no excuse. I need to try that sometime and see where it gets me.

“I cannot go into the specific details at the moment as quite rightly the British Boxing Board of Control will be investigating this matter and also the altercation that took place between David Haye and myself, where I was struck by a bottle.

“Despite all of this, the bottom line is I have let my family, my team and worst of all the sport I love down. I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation. Now, with a cool head and the benefit of hindsight, my actions at the weekend were regrettable to say the least and I am deeply embarrassed at the scenes reported in the media.”

Chisora did let the sport down. He got that right. If boxing is the sport he loves, as he wrote, he sure has a strange way of showing it. But I’m glad he now has a “cool head” and the “benefit of hindsight” to reflect on his wayward ways.

“I acknowledge that I have a duty as a professional boxer to conduct myself properly at all times, especially with boxing being a sport of controlled aggression. I have let lots of people down on Saturday night, including myself, and for that I am truly sorry.”

“In Munich I fully co-operated with the German authorities,” unlike fleet-footed David Haye, “and, as a result, I was released without charge.

“I will be making no further comment at this stage and will wait for any formal hearing to take place.”

By Robert Ecksel, boxing.com

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