WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko got some extra motivation for his Feb. 18 bout with Dereck Chisora, when the British boxer decided to slap him during weigh ins.
“You are [expletive] now, Dereck. You are really [expletive] now,” a visibly upset Klitschko yelled across the stage.
“I’m really looking forward to teaching this young gentleman a lesson,” Klitschko added after the fiasco. “He is from Great Britain, but he’s lacking appropriate manners. I am going to hit back on Saturday. He will get his beating.”
The WBC wasn’t really impressed with Chisora’s antics, and a $50,000 fine has been levied upon the 28 year old boxer. WBC president Jose Sulaiman called Chisora’s behavior an “absolute disgrace.”
While Vitali will be a huge favorite coming into the fight, Chisora remains confident he’ll be able to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sweet science.
“I’m looking forward to this fight,” Chisora told reporters earlier in the week. “And I trained hard. And the way we’re going to be fighting will be a hundred miles an hour from the first round to round eight, which I promise you fans that he’s going down on… Right now, I can smell fear in his corner right now. If you can’t smell it, I can. You know, right here I smell a bit of fear, to the opposite side, because they know they’re about to lose something massive.”
Vitali has dominated the heavyweight division for quite some time, and his confrontation with Chisora might just have given him enough motivation to put on a show boxing fans won’t soon forget. Vitali has been criticized for being too conservative in the past, and it’ll be interesting to see if he comes out with more aggression against Chisora.
Regardless of how one feels about Chisora’s antics leading up to the fight, he has definitely drawn a lot of attention towards the bout. Many boxing fans will now tune in on Feb. 18; to see how the WBC heavyweight champion handles the disrespect he was shown.