Boxing champion Derek Chisora has been spared jail after beating up his girlfriend – allowing him to take on Wladimir Klitschko in a scheduled world heavyweight bout next month. The 26-year-old feared going to jail after being found guilty of assaulting Yalda Kontratchy on May 28.
Derek was in court for theft and assault charges. On Friday the 26-year-old from Finchley, north London, pleaded guilty to the offences which took place on May 28. The Assault alone caries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a fine.
Chisora, 26, had been warned he faced jail after being found guilty of assaulting Yalda Kontratchy, 24, who has split up from him. However, a letter of mitigation from his promoter, Frank Warren, helped him escape with a 12-week sentence, suspended for two years. Chisora is now clear to box Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight bout.
Chisora attacked Iranian Miss Kontratchy, 24, after finding a message from another man on her iPhone, the court heard. The 1.87m (6ft 1in) fighter pinned her to the bed at her flat in Maida Vale, north London, by both arms, slapped her across the face and then turned her over and beat her buttocks and legs. His fury was prompted by seeing her referred to as ‘babe’ in the text.
Giving evidence from behind a screen, a visibly distressed Miss Kontratchy said: ‘He came into the bedroom with my phone in his hands. He didn’t let me explain, he just grabbed me and started slapping me.
‘He grabbed both of my arms with both hands. I was lying down and he held me really hard because he has got strong hands.’ He later admitted to police he had slapped her, although he denied assault.
During his assault trial, the fighter boasted of his boxing abilities, telling a magistrate: ‘I’m the best.’
Defending his actions, Chisora told City of Westminster magistrates ‘any man’ would have been angered by the text.
He was also charged with stealing the iPhone but bragged to the court he did not need to take it because ‘I could buy 60 of those’. Chisora returned the mobile to police during their investigation. His relationship with Miss Kontratchy is now over.
Chisora has two previous public order offences, three for assaulting a police officer and one of possession of an offensive weapon – a cosh.
He was spared jail and was handed a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for two years, and put under 18 months of probation supervision with 150 hours’ community service.
He was ordered to pay £1,500 compensation to his former partner and £500 costs and attend a domestic violence rehab course.
District judge Quentin Purdy said: “Your behaviour was disgraceful and downright humiliating.”