February 20th, 2012
02:38 PM ET

Can boxing climb out of the gutter?

David Haye smashed his beer bottle on Dereck Chisora as they brawled in Munich at a press conference. (Getty Images)
David Haye smashed his beer bottle on Dereck Chisora as they brawled in Munich at a press conference. (Getty Images)

It’s been a long time since anyone referred to boxing as a gentleman’s sport. Or, at least, a long time since they did it with a straight face. Any lingering pretensions of pugilism as an honorable and noble pursuit have vanished forever following the ugly press conference brawl between Dereck Chisora and fellow Briton David Haye in Germany.

As the quality of boxing’s heavyweight division has declined, so the outrageousness of pre and post-fight “stunts” has increased. But all the experts I have spoken to insist this was not a set-up. It was a genuine outbreak of madness that has demeaned a sport already, metaphorically, winded and hanging on for the bell. FULL POST

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