Former world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye feared he would be gunned down after his headline-grabbing brawl with fellow fighter Dereck Chisora in Munich, Germany on Saturday (18Feb12), causing him to flee the country.
The pair clashed at a press conference following Chisora's bout with Vitali Klitschko in Munich, trading bare-knuckle blows in sickening scenes broadcast around the world.
Police quizzed Chisora following the incident and he has been released without charge - but retired boxer Haye, who was working as a TV pundit covering the boxing match, returned to the U.K. and is now wanted for questioning in Germany.
Haye broke his silence on Monday afternoon (20Feb12) and released a statement about the bust-up, in which he blamed Chisora for starting the altercation and claimed that his life had been threatened.
Describing the aftermath of the brawl, Haye says, "It was then that I heard Chisora say he planned to 'shoot me dead'. I decided to leave the venue and return to my hotel, a move which I hoped would diffuse the situation...
"Consequently, I left Munich on an earlier flight on Sunday morning and have been thinking about what happened ever since... It goes without saying, I am bitterly disappointed to have been a part of what transpired on Saturday evening."
But Haye has stopped short of apologising for his behaviour - he insists he is "no angel" but declares that he has "never been involved in, or even witnessed, such a serious fracas".
And he's willing to help sporting officials get to the bottom of the matter, adding: "I shall happily assist the boxing authorities with any investigation they wish to launch..."
Meanwhile, Chisora has also released a statement, admitting he is "deeply embarrassed" by the turn of events.
Boxing officials in Germany have called for Haye and Chisora to be banned from the sport for life over the brawl.