Kell looks to repair boxing’s reputation

Eyes on the prize: Kell Brook in training for his fight with Matthew Hatton.                      PICTURE: Dean Atkins
Eyes on the prize: Kell Brook in training for his fight with Matthew Hatton. PICTURE: Dean Atkins

KELL Brook has vowed to repair the sport’s reputation after the “absolutely terrible” scuffle between Dereck Chisora and David Haye.

The unbeaten welterweight, who takes on Matthew Hatton at Sheffield Arena next month, has branded the brawl in Munich on Saturday night a “disgrace”.

The British pair clashed in the post fight news conference after Chisora was beaten by Vitali Klitschko. Haye and Chisora squared up to each other, with Chisora accusing Haye of “glassing him” before saying at least four times that he would shoot the former WBA heavyweight champion.

Chisora was detained on Sunday but released without charge, while Haye left the country before authorities were able to question him. Chisora offered an unreserved apology for his part in the incident and Haye offered a lengthy explanation of his actions while stopping short of saying sorry.

Brook, nicknamed ‘Special K, told The Star: “I thought it was absolutely disgusting and absolutely terrible for the sport.

“I don’t want the fans or the people to think that all boxers are like that. They disgraced themselves and I would never conduct myself like that.

“Hopefully Matthew and I can boost boxing when we face each other. We are two nice guys. We will do our fighting in the ring. Outside the ropes, we will conduct ourselves in the proper manner.”

Dom Ingle, Brook’s trainer, added: “Kell’s fight can get boxing back on track. What Chisora and Haye did was bad and it is the type of thing you see in wrestling.

“People look up to guys like David and Dereck so for them to behave like that is terrible and it sets a bad example to kids.

“It has not scarred the rest of the sport because ninety nine per cent of boxing is good. If anything, in my opinion, it has blemished their personalities and careers.”

Top promoter Ricky Hatton also condemned the scrap but said it was “rare” incidents occur like that at shows.