There were crazy scenes at Friday’s weigh-in for the European heavyweight title fight between Dereck Chisora and Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, which takes place in Hamburg on Saturday night.
The madness began after the British fighter was struck by a plastic bottle that was allegedly thrown by a member of his opponent’s entourage. His ire raised, Chisora attempted to hunt down the marksman amid a sea of reporters, fans, security staff and desperate promoters who were attempting to calm the volatile fighter.
“Del Boy” barked expletives and pushed anyone who got in his way before running down a corridor in pursuit of his assailant.
The following footage of the incident was captured by iFL TV cameras.
This is just the latest in a long line of bizarre and nasty incidents involving Chisora. In fact, it wasn’t even the first ugly episode in the build up to this fight.
At a media event earlier in the week, the 32-year-old grabbed Pulev in a clinch of sorts during a face-off and seemingly tried to pull the former world title challenger to the floor.
The fighter’s most infamous fracas, however, occurred in the aftermath of his fight with Vitali Klitschko in Munich back in 2012.
Chisora’s countryman David Haye showed up at the post-fight press conference, seemingly with the intention of goading Klitschko into a fight. But instead, he ended up goading Chisora into an impromptu brawl, right then and there.
It was a fitting end to the tale surrounding Chisora’s bout with Klitschko, which had also seen the Londoner slap the Ukrainian during a pre-fight face-off and spit water in his brother Wladimir’s face.
Earlier, in 2009, Chisora also got in hot water for biting the ear of British journeyman Paul Butlin during a fight at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.
Chisora vs Pulev takes place at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg and will be shown live on Sky Sports 2. Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m GMT and the broadcast will also feature action from the Manchester Arena, where Anthony Crolla faces Ismael Barroso.