In the aftermath of Munich-gate (or whatever it’s being called), as well as the rightful criticism of David Haye and Dereck Chisora; I feel there is a very justified argument to criticise some of the actions of the Klitschko brothers and their management team.
Firstly I agree with Frank Warren; that you cannot condone the spitting, slapping and brawl incidents; but there was a lot going on behind the scenes on Saturday which certainly did not help the situation.
Firstly there was the hand wrap saga which saw Wladimir (who is not Vitali’s trainer) attend the Chisora dressing room and make a big fuss; which saw Chisora almost pull out of the fight. This clearly led to the Brit going into the ring in a spiteful mood, and surely in some capacity had a lot to do with the water spitting incident.
Before the fight K2 Promoter Bernt Boende also tried to have David Haye (who was working for BoxNation and Radio 5 Live) ejected from the stadium for no apparent reason. This could certainly have led to Haye’s baiting of Vitali in the post fight press conference; which of course led to the brawl.
This is not the first time we have seen this sort of behaviour from K2 Promotions, but this time there were damning consequences.
Before the fight with David Haye in July, the Hayemaker was made to walk through the crowd before his fight as K2 switched his route at the last minute.
No one can condone the actions of the British fighters in Munich, but it has to be said that Team Klitschko are certainly not blameless here.
As Frank Warren stated on Buncey’s Boxing Hour, you have to consider the consequences of being a ‘challenger’ abroad, but surely fighters with their records shouldn’t need to pull stunts like this to intimidate opponents.
Their reputations and size should be intimidation enough.