'Dark day for Britain'
Glenn McCrory says Dereck Chisora and David Haye are an "embarrassment" to their sport and country.
Last Updated: 20/02/12 8:05am
Glenn McCrory says Dereck Chisora should never be allowed back into a British boxing ring following his post-fight brawl with David Haye.
After a 12-round world heavyweight title defeat to Vitali Klitschko in Germany, Chisora interrupted his press conference to confront Haye and spark a bloody brawl with onlookers and entourages getting involved.
Sky Sports expert McCrory went on Sky Sports News HD to express his disgust towards both men and described the incident as an "embarrassment" to their sport and their nation.
"My reaction to this whole saga is one of disappointment and disgust. It's been an embarrassment for British boxing and an embarrassment for British sport.
"Dereck Chisora, for me, should have his licence taken off him; he's just behaved like a thug. He's everything we don't want in the sport and it really has been just terrible.
"Normally you get some hype and some bad behaviour before a fight, trying to build it up - and I was totally appalled by the slapping of the world heavyweight champion, but this was after the fight.
"Why did they have to do this? Why didn't Dereck Chisora do this in the ring? Why didn't he show his aggression in the ring? He just plodded after Vitali Klitschko. I really think they're just an embarrassment for British boxing.
"What on earth was David Haye doing there as well? I thought he'd retired and gone to Hollywood. I, for one, wish he had. I just think this is a total disgrace.
"I've had boxing coaches on the phone to me this morning asking what a representation this is for boxing. They look after young children and sometimes boxers are the only role models that some of these troubled kids have. When you see this sort of behaviour from British heavyweight boxers, I just think it's absolutely terrible.
"I don't know what David Haye was doing. He said he was retiring and he made such a big play of that. He said he was going to knock out Wladimir Klitschko, he's said he now wants to fight Vitali.
"He was obviously at the press conference and he obviously had something to say because he wants to - as he's done all the time - talk himself into another fight. Whatever happened to earning the right to fight the best?
"Chisora should have been privileged to share the ring with Vitali Klitschko because he didn't really deserve that opportunity. He'd lost his last two fights and Klitschko was doing him a favour and allowing him to make some money. He should have been kissing his hand, but instead he treated him with so much disrespect.
"It's been a bad couple of weeks for British sport with the terrible scenes in the football and now with boxing.
"This, in Olympic year, when so many people have worked so hard for Olympic sport, we really have to get our act together.
"The good thing is that we have got a very good head of the British Board of Boxing Control in Robert Smith. We've got good officials.
"They'll be on hand and I'd back what they'll do. They'll come up with the right things and I'll be behind their decisions. I really think Chisora's behaviour is not sportsmanlike, it's almost criminal, and there needs to be severe penalties.
"I, for one, don't really want to see Dereck Chisora in a British boxing ring ever again because he's let down everything. So many people work so hard and so many trainers are out training youngsters and trying to get them to be something special and teach them decent things.
"He's let us all down and it's bad that two of our heavyweights have put up very poor performances in representing our country recently.
"On the positive point, we have got some lights out there, the likes of David Price who's coming through, and who I think is the future of heavyweight boxing. I can't wait for the likes of David to be up there on the mantle, someone you know you're going to be proud to be behind.
"At the moment, this is a dark day for British boxing."