Dereck Chisora allowed to face Dillian Whyte despite incident
The fight between Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte hasn’t been “tabled” even if Chisora really did toss a table in the direction of Whyte during a press conference on Wednesday.
The WBC heavyweight title eliminator will move ahead on Saturday in Manchester, England, but not without a penalty for Chisora for his bizarre behavior. The British Boxing Board of Control slapped Chisora with a suspended two-year ban (if he gets in trouble again he will be barred for two years) and a fine of £25,000, which is equal to $31,443, as well as a penalty of £5,000 for unspecified costs, or $6,291.43. Furthermore, the Board ruled that Whyte’s British title won’t be on the line after holding an emergency meeting on Thursday.
The Board also decided that both fighters will weigh-in at different times at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on Friday. The bout is the co-feature to Anthony Joshua’s second defense of his IBF heavyweight title against Eric Molina at Manchester Arena (Showtime, 5:30 p.m. ET).
The two were seated on opposite ends of the dais on Wednesday, exchanging mild threats when Chisora (26-6, 18 knockouts) suddenly lost his composure, claiming that Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) had threatened his life. “Are you sure you want it to kick off right now?” Chisora asked. “Because if you want to I can. You take a chill pill because when you threaten my life — look me in my eyes,” he said as he removed his sunglasses. “I’m the baddest man…” He then pounded the desk, stood up and hurled a flimsy-looking table his way. The desk sailed over the head of promoter Eddie Hearn, seated in the middle, and smashed into the artwork of the fight in the background of the stage as the press conference came to a crashing halt.