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Friday May 11, 2012

British boxing chiefs slam Haye-Chisora grudge match

LONDON: British boxing’s governing body has condemned the proposed ‘grudge’ match between former world heavyweight champion David Haye and Dereck Chisora and threatened sanctions towards anyone involved in the contest.

Chisora’s licence to box was withdrawn “indefinitely” by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) in March after an ugly press conference brawl with Haye following his unsuccessful heavyweight title challenge against reigning world champion Vitali Klitschko in Munich the previous month.

Haye does not hold a valid licence to box in Britain after announcing his retirement last year following his defeat by Wladimir Klitschko.

But although the clash between the British boxers is scheduled to take place at West Ham football club’s Upton Park Stadium in east London on July 14, it is doing so under the auspices of the little–known Luxembourg Boxing Federation rather than the BBBoC.

Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren has insisted he is not trying to undermine the BBBoC but the board are adamantly opposed to the contest, saying in a statement on Wednesday: “Those behind this proposal are not concerned with the interests of the sport of professional boxing.

“Any member who participates in such a promotion would bring the sport of boxing into disrepute and would wholly undermine the authority of the British Boxing Board of Control.”

As both Haye and Chisora are unlicensed rather than banned, it is easier for the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, under the rules of the European Boxing Union, to sanction the contest. – AFP

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