Wladimir Klitschko (l), and Dereck Chisora

By Johnny Walker

According to the UKPA, British heavyweight contender Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora has avoided a jail sentence for an assault on his ex-girlfriend. 

Chisora was given a suspended sentence for the assault, and was given a lecture by District Judge Quentin Purdy: “Your behaviour on May 28 was disgraceful and downright humiliating. 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,” said the judge.  “You clearly have a problem with violence and that has got to stop or your career will be over.” 

That last bit of advice is a bit ironic, considering how Chisora makes his living: perhaps the judge should have said, “Limit your violence to the ring against people your own size, like Wladimir Klitschko.”

Heavyweight champ Klitschko will be relieved to hear of Chisora’s verdict, as their fight on December 11 had been in jeopardy pending the court’s decision.  Chisora, however, may be longing for a nice, safe jail cell in London when Klitschko starts dishing out those left jabs and right crosses on December 11.