Monday, 20 February 2012

The upside down world of boxing

The media have reacted with horror to professional heavyweight boxers David Haye and Dereck Chisora trading punches at a press conference in Munich on Saturday night following Chisora's loss to Vitali Klitschko in a WBC title fight.

According to insiders in the the boxing world, both men now face substantial fines and suspensions.  Chisora was also arrested by German police on assault charges, Haye having given them the slip for now.  The two boxers have allegedly brought the noble art of professional boxing into disrepute with their impromptu pugilism and will no doubt be punished for it.   Boxing promoter Frank Warren, who ironically has already lined up what may now turn out to be a comeback fight between Haye and Chisora  in London later this year, said he was "absolutely disgusted" by the set-to while the head of the British Boxing Board of Control is quoted as saying: "I am extremely disappointed... it does not do the sport any good."

But what is more distateful and inhuman: punching someone because they've wound you up or because you've been paid a lot of money to do so?

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