German police freed British heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora following 7 hours of questioning after he exchanged blows and threatened to shoot former WBA champion David Haye at a post-fight press conference on Saturday night.
“He still faces a charge of simple assault but he is allowed to return to England for now,” police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht told The Associated Press.
Chisora had been arrested after he and his trainer, Don Charles, were detained at Munich airport on Sunday and taken to police headquarters after a criminal investigation was opened into the brawl, Schlicht said.
"Mr Chisora was arrested after police went to the airport where he was at approximately 10.30 (German time) this morning," he said.
Schlicht also confirmed that police still wanted to question Haye.
"He was not at the hotel this morning and we have not seen him at the airport."
"We don't know where he is," Schlicht said.
The Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that Haye went straight to the airport after the brawl and took a flight out at dawn.
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After losing to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in Munich Saturday night, Chisora mocked Haye for losing the WBA belt to Klitschko's younger brother Wladimir last July.
According to BBC Sports, Haye had been commentating on the fight for BoxNation and attended the news conference afterwards.
Chisora shouted, "How's your toe?" [Haye blamed July's title defeat on a broken toe]
"Chisora, you've now lost three times, you're a loser!" Haye shot back.
Chisora got out of his seat and starting walking toward Haye, yelling, nose to nose.
Haye, who was holding a glass bottle, appeared to throw a punch and the bloody brawl began.
“I swear to God, David, I am going to shoot you. I am going to shoot you. I am going to physically shoot David Haye,” Chisora yelled as Haye left the scene.
History of violence
Chisora, 29, is no stranger to assault. In 2010, City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, District Judge Quentin Purdy found him guilty of assaulting his girlfriend.
"Your behaviour on 28 May was disgraceful and downright humiliating."
The judge described the attack as an "ugly incident", adding: "You used violence on this young lady and then to heap ignominy on her you turned her over and slapped her on the bottom repeatedly."
"You clearly have a problem with violence and that has got to stop or your career will be over," he said.
He’s no gentleman
This caps an ugly week for Chisora, who had $50,000 of his fight purse withheld by the World Boxing Council for slapping Vitali Klitschko in the pre-fight weigh-in on Friday afternoon.
Jose Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council, told BoxingScene.com that the slap as "unacceptable".
"It was a cheap shot and my message is that there is a fine so he'll [Chisora] feel it.
"He's no gentleman at all and he's failed in what we expect from boxers."
"He wanted Vitali to lose control but Vitali will make him pay for this in the ring, definitely."
He is not normal
Thomas Pütz, President of the German Boxing Federation, wants more than a fine for Chisora.
"Chisora has no place in the ring. He is not normal."
"Slowly, I really feel this guy is a menace! Such a person has no place in a German boxing ring."
"David Haye, I guess, is a showman and an intelligent man, who is only trying to promote himself," Pütz said in an exclusive interview to spox.com.
Frank Warren, Chisora’s promoter called the brawl “ugly, horrible and disgraceful.”
“It was an embarrassment for British boxing,” Warren told Sky Sports News. “I would say they were total idiots.”