Boxing champion Dereck Chisora spared jail for assaulting woman

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British and Commonwealth boxing champion Dereck Chisora was today spared jail despite being found guilty of submitting his former girlfriend to a "humiliating" assault.

Chisora, 26, from Finchley, north London was given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for two years at City of Westminster Magistrates Court following the attack in May.

If Chisora had received an immediate jail term he would have missed his world heavyweight title bout against Wladimir Klitschko next month.

Passing sentence, District Judge Quentin Purdy said: "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."

The court was told that Chisora, who has previous convictions for assault, launched the attack after finding text messages from another man on his then girlfriend's phone.

Darren Watts, prosecuting, explained that Chisora was at the woman's home and was reading text messages while she was in the bathroom.

He explained: "One of these messages to her mobile phone was from another man. In response the defendant shouted at the claimant, 'What is this? What is this?'

"At this point he grabbed her by the arms and threw her to the bed and said, 'You cheated on me'."

Boxing promoter Frank Warren was in court and handed the judge a letter vouching for Chisora.

Chisora was ordered to pay £1,500 in compensation and £500 costs. He was also told he must complete 150 hours community work.

The judge said: "You're a huge man, clearly a very powerful boxer."

He described the attack as an "ugly incident", adding: "You clearly have a problem with violence and that has got to stop or your career will be over."