By Johnny Walker
Well, so much for Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora staying out of trouble.
One supposes that the British Boxing Board of Control will be having a look at the latest reports out of Ibiza, a popular holiday destination in Spain, where Chisora and world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko happen to be both vacationing at the same time.
On Sunday night, Chisora posted ominously on his Facebook page, “Cippriani Ibiza twice now I’ve bumped into Wladimir Klitschko he is annoying me now !!”
One supposes that Klitschko’s mere presence was enough to annoy Del Boy, who is still angry about two cancelled fights with Wladimir (who was seen out golfing in Florida after the first cancellation and who signed to fight David Haye instead after the second). Chisora responded by spitting a stream of water into Wladimir’s face prior to his fight with Wlad’s brother, WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, who he had slapped hard across the face at their weigh-in.
Needless to say, then, there is no love lost between the two camps.
That ominous Facebook message from Chisora turned into something more than words yesterday when the two men became involved in some kind of altercation at an Ibiza nightclub. Chisora’s trainer Don Charles is quoted as saying, “They have history, but it was purely a coincidence that they bumped into each other during their holidays.”
According to reports, “Chisora offered a hand to the world champion who pulled him towards him before the pair were separated after an exchange of words.”
“‘I saw Wladimir, we had a little conversation in a club, it wasn’t a great conversation,’ Chisora told ATG Radio.
“I walked in – David Guetta was playing – and [Wladimir] was sitting down and then got up. It was only when I got to my table and looked up he was behind me.
“So I got up and shook his hand and then we swapped words. I told him, “I’m coming for you.”‘
Apparently things became heated enough that bouncers from the club separated the two pugilists before fists started to fly.
Is Ibiza big enough for both of these men at the same time?
Chisora, by the way, is scheduled to fight on September 21 after recently defeating American Malik Scott, in part thanks to a quick count from a British referee. Wladimir Klitschko takes on undefeated Russian Alexander Povetkin on Oct. 5.