CHAMPION: Dereck Chisora
HEAVYWEIGHT Tyson Fury will be called up before the British Boxing Board’s governors for his vile comments made to rival Dereck Chisora. The pair meet in a mouthwatering clash at Wembley Arena on Saturday night in what will be a genuine grudge match.
The Board’s Robert Smith said discussions were currently underway to bring the 6’ 9” Fury before the Board for his unacceptable verbal stance.
Fury’s antics led Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren, issuing a complaint and withdrawing his man from the head-to-head press conference scheduled to take place last Monday.
Smith said: ''Tyson Fury will be receiving a written letter for his conduct in the next week. Every license holder is sent the rules and codes of conduct every year, and if the boxers don't read it, that is their problem.
“Boxers are expected to adhere to the principles of common decency and treat all boxers in such a hard sport with due respect.
“Comments that threaten to put people in hospital or to kill people are totally unacceptable, especially in a sport where these things can actually happen.
“Action has been taken against David Haye in the past for inappropriate language, and Chisora was punished (suspended and fined) for biting the ears of Paul Butlin last year.
“James DeGale was also brought before the board for his bad language against George Groves.
“We have the powers to suspend, charge or fine boxers who break the codes of conduct. We will be deciding what action to take against Fury.''
The fact both DeGale and Haye failed to deliver after their pre-fight trash talking went a long way to show how empty words can be.
Although DeGale's defeat to Groves was close and controversial, one would have thought Haye would have learnt a vital lesson in avoiding potential embarrassment that lurks around the corner in the event of failure.
Yet, it seems probable a recurrence of such grave errors may have reared its ugly head in the unscrupulous mind of Fury.
Fury, like Haye, has explicitly referred to Chisora as a bum. Haye always stated that Wladimir had only fought bums.
It is nevertheless fair to say that Fury will most likely put up a better fight than both DeGale and Haye did in their respective fights.
However, the outspoken Manchester giant could still easily fall prey to his own hype, should his Zimbabwe-born rival, who has reportedly been immersed in hard training, expose him this weekend.
This correspondent has it on good authority that British and Commonwealth champion Chisora, who is favourite to win, hired a British athlete as early as last September to optimise his condition against Wladimir Klitschko, a fight that eventually did not happen.
Fury may have to contend with a lot more than he envisaged. Any bold declarations from either party may be nothing short of bravado.