Dereck Chisora lit the touchpaper ahead of tonight’s WBC heavy-weight title challenge by slapping champion Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in in Munich. The eccentric Londoner is a rank outsider ahead of the weekend’s bout and attempted to get under the long-reigning champion’s skin yesterday afternoon.
After weighing in at 17 stone 3lbs – just a pound heavier than his lightest weight for a professional bout – Chisora butted heads before slapping Klitschko’s face hard. The two men were pulled apart, with a furious-looking Klitschko, who had weighed in three pounds heavier, left with a red mark on the left side of his face.
Chisora’s camp said they were unaware of the stunt beforehand, with trainer Don Charles even branding the slap “unacceptable”.
Asked whether it was pre-meditated, the trainer added: “I’m not Dereck Chisora. Like I said, it’s unacceptable.”
Promoter Francis Warren, representing his father Frank’s company, said: “We’re all scratching our heads about it, to be honest. You always expect something from Dereck. But it’s usually something that winds people up or is a bit jovial. So for him to get aggressive, unprovoked, is surprising. But I’m sure there’s method to his madness and we’ll find out if the madness has paid off tomorrow night.”
Warren added: “I was very surprised though. I don’t think anybody wants to see that but it’s happened now, so we’ll move on.” Asked whether he expects sanctions against Chisora, Warren said: “That’s up to the governing bodies to decide.”
The 28-year-old Londoner challenges Klitschko in Germany despite two high-profile losses in his last three fights.
Some bookmakers are pricing him as generously as 10-1 to dethrone the champion in his adopted homeland. “I’m the underdog in this fight which is exactly how I like it because when I knock him out in the eighth round it will shock the world,” Chisora said.