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Dereck Chisora slaps WBC heavyweight champion Vitali klitschko during an official weigh-in.

British boxer Dereck Chisora could face a life ban from boxing following a brutal post-fight brawl with rival David Haye.

The pair came to blows when Haye called out Chisora, who had just suffered a points defeat to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitscho.

Chisora is already facing a $50,000 (£31,560) fine from the boxing commission for slapping Kiltscho during the pre-figth weigh in.

General secretary of the British Board of Control, Robert Smith, told Sky Sports that a life ban was a possibility.

"The board have many powers - they can fine, they can suspend and they can withdraw a licence," he said.

The fight, which can be seen below, is not the only time that animosity has bubbled over before a fight. International Business Times UK lists some of boxing's biggest backstage brawls.

David Chisora and David Haye

Danny Williams vs Audley Harrison

Danny Williams and Audley Harrison clashed before they went toe-to-toe in the ring in December 2006. The fight itself, which saw Williams serve Harrison his first professional defeat on points, failed to display the same chemistry.

Muhammed Ali Vs Joe Frazier

Never one to hold his tongue, Muhammed Ali managed to rile Smokin' Joe Frazier as the pair provided a live commentary on their second fight on Wide World of Sports, in 1974. The next time the pair met was the famous "Thrilla' in Manila."

Riddick Bowe Vs Larry Donald

What at first appeared to be a well mannered press conference quickly degenerated when Riddick Bowe took offence to something said by opponent Larry Donald, punching him twice in the face. he went on to beat him on points.

Fernando Vargas Vs Richard Mayorga

Fernando Vargas warned Richard Mayorga that he would not tolerate any of his usual insults at a press conference before the two fought in 2007. He was not kidding. After a couple of words from Mayorga, a brawl broke out. Mayorga went on to win the fight on points.

Mike Tyson Vs Lennox Lewis

Considering the scale of the pre-fight build-up before Tyson and Lewis faced off in 2002, it seemed inevitable that a press conference would be a tinderbox waiting to blow. Tyson didn't even wait for Lewis to start talking before striding over to him and sparking a fight, where he later admitted biting his leg. He then went on to make a series of lewd gestures at the press. Lewis had the last laugh, knocking 'Iron Mike' out in the eighth round.

Larry Holmes Vs Trevor Berbick

In one of the most spectacular backstage brawls in boxing, Trevor Berbick and Larry Holmes finally let their well-publicised animosity spill over in 1981. After an argument in a press conference, the pair fought in the street, with Holmes leaping off the top of a car to dropkick Berbick. Holmes later won the fight on points.