German police search for David Haye after brawl with Chisora
Grudge match between British boxers seems inevitable after Saturday's post-fight punch-up
GERMAN police are searching for British boxer David Haye, who they want to question in connection with a brawl at a press conference which followed Saturday night's fight in Munich between fellow Briton Dereck Chisora and Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko.
Chisora lost to Klitschko on points - but the main event was yet to come.
The brawl began with a question from a journalist, who asked Klitschko's manager, Bernd Boente, whether he could be bothered with British boxers in future.
Boente replied that he would indeed now look for boxers of other nationalities to fight Klitschko, but that, unlike Haye - who lost a fight to Klitschko's brother Wladimir last year - Chisora "really went for it and really tried".
Haye was at the press conference in his capacity as a TV pundit and shouted from the back: "You don't want to fight David Haye, no?"
Boente, referring to an injury blamed for Haye's poor performance in the fight against Wladimir, replied: "You had an offer. You didn't accept it.
Now you are out. You are out. Out, out, out. You cannot talk yourself back into the fight; you have no belts. Chisora showed heart, contrary to you. You showed your toe."
After a back-and-forth, Chisora also goaded Haye about his injury, asking repeatedly: "How's your toe?"
Haye replied: "You've lost your last three fights... you're a loser."
Chisora said: "Say that to my face. I'm coming down. Tell that to my face."
Chisora approached Haye, who punched him in the jaw before picking up a camera tripod, swinging it around his head, and apparently catching his own trainer, Adam Booth, on the head.
During the ensuing melee of boxers, trainers, security guards and press, Chisora, who did not appear to have sustained a cut, pointed to Haye and shouted: "He glassed me. 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. He glassed me. He glassed me. He glassed me. I'm not having it. He glassed me."
There followed an argument between Booth and Chisora over who had glassed who, before Chisora said: "Either we do it in the ring or outside of the ring. Because I want him. If David don't fight me, Adam, I am telling you the God's honest truth, I am going to physically burn him. So you tell him I said that. I am going to find him."
The following morning, Chisora was arrested by police at an airport in Munich. He was released without charge and is now back in Britain.
It is now apparent, according to the BBC, that police officers went to Haye's hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning, but could not find the boxer - neither did he turn up for his flight back to London later that day.
It is thought that Haye may in fact already be in England, having possibly fled immediately after the brawl.
A German police spokesman said: "We want to speak to [Haye] about what happened on Saturday night. We have to hear both sides of the story.
"It's not a charge against David Haye. We have to report everything that happened between Chisora and Haye. Maybe Haye has gone home, then we would talk to our colleagues in Great Britain."
Whether or not Chisora and Haye are charged with anything, they face heavy fines from the British Boxing Board of Control and the World Boxing Council.
A lucrative grudge match between the pair now seems inevitable.
Boente suggested as much when he said after Saturday night's punch-up: "The brawl tonight calls for a box-off between Haye and Chisora, and the winner fights one of the Klitschkos. [Haye and Chisora] would make a lot of money in the UK."