Dereck Chisora lost his WBC world title fight against champion Vitali Klitschko in Munich on Saturday night, but the event will be remembered more for the antics before and after the matchup than the fight itself.
First, at Friday’s weigh-in, Chisora slapped Klitschko, then in Saturday’s post-fight press conference, he left the stage to brawl with fellow British boxer David Haye, who lost his last fight to Vitali’s brother Wladimir in Hamburg last July.
Both men were arrested and Robert Smith, General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, has said that both men may face lifetime bans.
In the FA Cup fifth round Liverpool put Championship side Brighton in their place with a comprehensive 6-1 win at Anfield. Although Liverpool clearly had the better of the game the scoreline was perhaps a little unfair on Brighton, with two own goals from midfielder Liam Bridcutt and one from Lewis Dunk contributing to the home side’s tally.
Bridcutt’s first came just before half time after Kazenga Lua Lua had equalised for Brighton following Martin Skrtel’s opener, and his second was followed by teammate Dunk’s own goal after 74 minutes to make it 4-1.
Andy had scored Liverpool’s third, heading in a Stewart Downing cross, and Luis Suarez made amends for a missed penalty by scoring his side’s sixth.
Stevenage earned a replay at White Hart Lane after a plucky 0-0 home draw and will hope that Tottenham’s tough Premier League schedule between now and the replay – they face Arsenal and Manchester United – will leave Harry Redknapp’s side jaded and help the League One side to qualify for a quarter final at home to Bolton.
Chelsea’s poor run of form continued in their 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham to increase the pressure on manager Andre Vilas-Boas and Arsenal followed up their embarrassing midweek Champions League defeat with a 2-0 loss at Sunderland.
In Scotland, Rangers ended their turbulent week losing 1-0 to Kilmarnock at Ibrox thanks to a 12th-minute Dean Shiels effort. Celtic thrashed Hibernian 5-0 to increase their lead at the top of the SPL to a massive 17 points after Rangers’ points deduction.
In cricket, England went some way towards making amends for their awful performance in the test matches by securing the one-day series with a game to spare.
Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen drove England towards their third win in the four-match series with scores of 80 and 111 n.o. respectively. Cook’s wicket was the one lost by England who won by nine wickets after Pakistan had been bowled out for 222, with Steven Finn the pick of England’s bowlers.
Sir Chris Hoy stormed to victory in the men’s keirin final at the Track World Cup in London, beating Maximilian Levy of Germany for his second gold medal of the competition.
Britain also won gold in both the men’s and women’s team pursuit and individual sprint, as well as the women’s team pursuit in a successful dress rehearsal for the Olympic Games at the same venue in August.