MUNICH (AP) — British heavyweight Dereck Chisora was released after nearly seven hours of questioning by police Sunday following his loss in a title bout to Vitali Klitschko and brawl with former WBA champion David Haye at a post-fight news conference.
A black van carried the boxer and his coach, Don Charles, from police headquarters. Police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht told The Associated Press that Chisora could still face charges of causing grievous bodily harm.
Chisora and Charles were detained at Munich airport. Schlicht said police were still looking for Haye, who wasn’t at his hotel.
The Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that Haye went straight to the airport after the brawl Saturday night and took a flight at dawn.
In the mayhem after the bout, Chisora was heard vowing to shoot Haye.
“I swear to God, David, I am going to shoot you. I am going to shoot you. I am going to physically shoot David Haye,” Chisora was heard yelling as he claimed that Haye hit him with a glass.
Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren, called the brawl “ugly, horrible and disgraceful” but said it was not his boxer who threw the first punch.
“It was an embarrassment for British boxing,” Warren told Sky Sports News. “I would say they were total idiots.”
Chisora and Haye came to blows after Chisora’s defeat by unanimous decision to Klitschko in their WBC title fight.
Chisora taunted Haye about losing the WBA belt to Klitschko’s younger brother, Wladimir, last July, leading to a heated exchange before Chisora knocked a bottle out of Haye’s hand and they came to blows.
Haye also fought with members of Chisora’s entourage, and his coach, Adam Booth, was bleeding from a cut on his head.
Camera equipment went flying and reporters fled before security managed to separate the men and police arrived.
“You’ve really lost it this time,” Chisora told Haye.
The 40-year-old Klitschko beat Chisora in a bruising bout in which the Ukrainian claimed to have fought from the fourth round with only his right fist after injuring his left shoulder. Klitschko was examined in a Munich hospital Sunday and later reported a partially torn ligament in his left shoulder.
“I think we all heard excuses about a broken toe,” Chisora said before the brawl, referring to Haye’s claim after his defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in Germany last July.
Chisora found little support from the sellout crowd of 12,500 after slapping Vitali Klitschko’s face at the weigh-in Friday. The ill feelings continued when he spat water in Wladimir‘s face as his brother’s record was being called out before their bout.
“I wanted to knock him out, to be honest,” Vitali Klitschko said. “Such a cheek.”
Wladimir acted as a buffer as Chisora persisted in goading them.
Vitali was clearly incensed, but it took some time before he could assert control in the ring against the Briton’s aggressive approach. His greater reach and experience made the difference. The judges scored the bout 118-110, 118-110 and 119-111.
Chisora said he wanted a rematch, or a bout with Wladimir, who is now holder of the IBF and the minor WBO and IBO belts. The younger Klitschko is to fight next against Jean-Marc Mormeck of France on March 3 in Duesseldorf, Germany.
But the British fighter was not optimistic about a rematch.
“He won’t fight me again. I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t fight me either,” he said.
Klitschko improved his record to 44-2 (40 KOs) after what was perhaps the toughest bout he’s had since losing by technical knockout to Lennox Lewis in 2003.
The Zimbabwe-born Chisora dropped to 15-3 (9 KOs) after his third defeat in his last four fights, but he had the fans in Munich’s Olympiahalle worried as Klitschko appeared to tire from his relentless attacks. Sensing an upset, they chanted the Ukrainian’s name in the seventh round before Klitschko reasserted his dominance with precise blows.
Chisora was bleeding from the lip after the first round, but seemed more than capable of taking Klitschko’s multiple punches.
Klitschko eventually took control in the ninth round, catching Chisora with a huge right and seemingly picking his punches at will. Chisora was barely hanging on in the 10th.
“He tried it all, but apart from a few grazes I didn’t get anything more,” Klitschko said.
Chisora gave it everything he had in the 12th and final round as he sought a knockout. But Klitschko, knowing the work was already done, used his greater experience to safely see out the round and maintain the brothers’ dominance of the heavyweight division.
“I wanted to give him what he deserves,” Klitschko said. “It didn’t work out. Life is an interesting thing. Life is long. Who knows? Maybe we’ll meet some other day.”