Boxing: Frank Warren takes WBC to task over Dereck Chisora anger ruling

DERECK Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren, feels it is not the World Boxing Council’s place to suggest his fighter needs anger management treatment.

Chisora has been handed an indefinite ban and heavy fine – yet to be determined – by the WBC following his behaviour before and after his heavyweight title bout with Vitali Klitschko in Munich last month.

Chisora slapped his Ukrainian opponent at the weigh-in and spat water at Klitschko’s brother, Wladimir, just prior to the contest, before being embroiled in a brawl with British rival David Haye at the post-fight press conference.

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The WBC have confirmed the ban in a statement, in which they said they were “demanding Chisora take anger management medical treatment, after which his suspension will be reconsidered”. Asked about that part of the statement, Warren said: “Is [WBC president] Jose Sulaiman a qualified psychiatrist or does he have any medical qualifications?

“Until someone who does examines or talks about Chisora – if indeed that is what needs to be done – then I would say he is not qualified to say that. I find the whole thing bizarre, unbelievably strange.”

Chisora, who was beaten on points by WBC champion Klitschko at the Olympiahalle, has issued an apology for his part in events surrounding the fight and faces a British Boxing Board of Control hearing on 14 March.

The 28-year-old has been left “very disappointed” by this week’s statement from the WBC, and Warren said of the organisation’s decision: “Really, what is going on here is that this is a rushed judgment without any process. Considering the BBBofC have got the hearing on March 14, how on earth can anyone consider this to be fair?

“I spoke to Dereck and he is very disappointed. He has made an apology for his actions and I’m not saying that is the end of the matter because it is not – there should be a hearing, because there are a lot of issues, not just with Dereck Chisora, that need to be considered before decisions are made.

“What he is disappointed with, the same as me, is that those decisions should be made based upon evidence given by the parties concerned.”

Warren added: “I feel it is gross hypocrisy on the part of the WBC and I am going to talk to the BBBofC to ask them what is going on. At the moment, it seems there are people making arbitrary judgements all over the place.”