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Chisora slaps Vitali at fiery weigh-in

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Dereck Chisora and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko came to blows at the weigh-in ahead of their clash in Munich on Saturday.

Having weighed in at 17 stone 3 lbs - just a pound heavier than his lightest weight for a professional bout - Chisora locked heads with Klitschko, before striking out. A scuffle ensued, and the two men were subsequently pulled apart.

In the aftermath, Chisora's trainer Don Charles said: "It was unacceptable." Asked whether it was pre-meditated, he added: "I'm not Dereck Chisora. Like I said, it's unacceptable."

Chisora has previous when it comes to unorthodox antics in the build-up to a fight: he tried to kiss his last opponent, Robert Helenius, who controversially beat him on points.

Klitschko was not amused. "What can you expect from a guy who hits his girlfriend? I'm glad he has agreed to fight a man again," he said.

Relations between the pair have been cordial in recent weeks - certainly when compared to the David Haye v Wladimir Klitschko fight last year - but Chisora is clearly in no mood to maintain that state of affairs. "I'm in tip-top condition and the best shape I've been in in my entire career, so I'm confident I'm going to smash Mr Vitali Klitschko to bits," he said.

"I'm going to war with him. I'll make sure that he won't get to use his big height and reach advantage against me with the way I'm going to fight him - and I've got the eighth round in my head that I'm going to stop him in."

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