Del-boy disrespects champion
Chisora slaps Klitschko at the weigh-in stare-down
Last Updated: 19/02/12 2:03pm
Dereck Chisora showed no respect to Vitali Klitschko when he slapped him hard across the face at the weigh-in for their fight on Saturday.
The two heads came together at the traditional stare-down before the Briton landed the blow, much to the fury of the WBC heavyweight champion.
"I'm going to war with him. I'll make sure that he won't get to use his big height and reach advantage against me."
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The pair had to be kept apart to avoid further ugly scenes that even Chisora's coach Don Charles claimed was 'unacceptable'.
Promoter Francis Warren, representing his father Frank's company, said: "We're all scratching our heads about it, to be honest.
"You always expect something from Dereck - he's a character. But it's usually something that winds people up or is a bit jovial.
"So for him to get physical and aggressive, unprovoked, is surprising. But at the end of the day I'm sure there's method to his madness and we'll find out if the madness has paid off tomorrow night."
Klitschko later said he would make Chisora pay in the ring, saying the move revealed the challenger's nerves.
"I'll be hitting him back tomorrow, in the ring," he warned. "He's not all there. Dereck is full of nervousness and I feel he is afraid, otherwise he would not have jumped back like he did.
"He hit me not like a boxer but like a woman, with an open hand. If he wants to fight properly, he must do that with his fists."
Chisora had earlier continued to assert that he will not be overawed when he comes up against Klitschko on Saturday night.
The inexperienced Londoner will challenge for the title in Munich and insists he will take the fight to Klitschko, who has not been tested during his long reign as champion.
The Briton maintained his stance that he can be the first to knock out the ageing Ukrainian.
"I'm the underdog in this fight which is exactly how I like it because when I knock him out in the eighth round it will shock the world," said Chisora, who tipped the scales at 17st 3lbs to Klitschko's 17st 6.
"I know I've got to go in there and do a job on him. I'm in tip-top condition and the best shape I've been in in my entire career, so I'm confident I'm going to smash Mr Vitali Klitschko to bits.
"I'm going to war with him. I'll make sure that he won't get to use his big height and reach advantage against me with the way I'm going to fight him and I've got the eighth round in my head that I'm going to stop him in.
"He won't be able to keep up with the pace I'm going to set. It will be at 100mph and his old legs won't be able to keep up. I'm not scared of him. He's human, he bleeds and so do I.
"I promise you, it's the end for Vitali. I will end the Klitschko reign and cause a massive upset that will be felt around the world.
"Everyone else who has fought the Klitschko brothers has been scared. This is one cat that isn't scared of him - or anyone - and I'll throw him off of that throne he's been sitting on for the last few years."
Chisora is joined on the Olympiahalle bill by countryman Stephen Smith, as the featherweight returns from his shock British and Commonwealth title defeat by Lee Selby against Arpad Vass.