9th May 2012

CHISORA v HAYE STATEMENT BY BBBofC
It has come to the attention of the Stewards of the British Boxing
Board of Control
that the Luxembourg Boxing Federation is considering
putting on a promotion within the jurisdiction of the Board between
Dereck Chisora and David Haye. The Stewards condemn any attempt by the
Luxembourg Boxing Federation to do so.
Dereck Chisora has recently had his licence withdrawn by the Stewards
of the British Boxing Board of Control on the ground that he is not a
fit and proper person to hold a boxer’s licence. David Haye does not
hold a boxer’s licence with the British Boxing Board of Control. If he
applied for a licence his fitness to hold a licence would have to be
considered, particularly in light of the part he played in what occurred
at the press conference held subsequent to the Vitali Klitschko v
Dereck Chisora contest.
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,
of which he/she is a member, as the regulatory body for professional
boxing in the United Kingdom. This is nothing more than an attempt to
circumvent the decision of the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of
Control, in respect of Dereck Chisora, for monetary gain. Dereck
Chisora’s proper remedy is by way of appeal to the Independent Stewards
of Appeal, which is due to take place on the 2nd July 2012.
The British Boxing Board of Control has controlled and regulated
professional boxing in the United Kingdom since 1929. Its primary
concern is the safety of the boxer and its regulations have been
developed and implemented accordingly. It has also ensured that the
rules of boxing are enforced to the highest standard. Its reputation as
a regulatory body is second to none within the wider boxing world. It
can only act effectively with the consent and support of its members.
The Articles of Association (the “Constitution”) of the British
Boxing Board of Control, to which every member has agreed to be bound,
make it perfectly clear that the object of the British Boxing Board of
Control is to control and regulate boxing in the United Kingdom. Any
member of the British Boxing Board of Control who participates in any
way in a promotion such as that referred to above would thereby evince
an intention not to be bound by the Constitution of the British Boxing
Board of Control and would act in a manner wholly incompatible
therewith. In such circumstances the British Boxing Board of Control
would accept that member’s repudiation of the Constitution as
terminating his/her membership of the British Boxing Board of Control
and his/her licence.
The British Boxing Board of Control has made its position clear to
the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, the European Boxing Union and World
Sanctioning Organisations
and has already received strong support for
its stance. As stated above, the British Boxing Board of Control does
not approve of such a promotion taking place within its jurisdiction and
will not supply any of its officials to officiate at such a promotion.
For the avoidance of doubt, any member of the British Boxing Board of
Control who participates in any way in such a promotion will be deemed
to have terminated his/her membership of the British Boxing Board of
Control and his/her licence therewith, for the reasons stated above.
Further, the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control make it
clear that the British Boxing Board of Control will assume no
responsibility in respect of any aspect of such promotion and any
participation therein would not be covered by any insurance policy taken
out by the Board.
Participation includes taking any steps directly or indirectly, to
arrange, advertise, broadcast, facilitate, officiate or take part in any
way in such a promotion.
R. W. SMITH
General Secretary
  • Richy Duggan

    I was watching the report on sky sports news today regarding the boxing match between David Haye and Dereck Chisora, what double standards Sky have (and they seem to be speaking on behalf of the BBBC ( I wonder why) how can they criticize this fight but built up a fight between Lewis and Tyson after rolled around on the floor (and Lewis got bit on the leg) plus show the Tyson v Holyfield fight when Tyson bit Holyfields ear off. And kept on promoting Tyson fights long after that event.

    remember Herbie Hide Michael Bent brawl, it was shown over and over on sky to promote the fight

    And Johnny Nelson (who couldn’t sell out a phone box) needs to take a long look in the mirror before slagging off another Boxing organization (Luxenbourg) it was founded well before the UK. Do your homework first fella !

    The klitschko brothers fight out of Germany but are license under Austrian rules (I’ve never heard Sky complain about that before ? It happens in Europe all the time

    The BBBC needs to be very careful before jumping into bed with Sky, as small time/local/National promoters will go out of business if their shows/boxers don’t fit in with the Sky machine.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the principle. Haye & Chisora are saying to the impressionable young kids that look up boxers like them, that it’s ok to break the rules, and do whatever you like because you can get away with it. What other sport would put up with or get away with this kind of corruption?

  • Anonymous

    BBBofC simply need to swallow this one and work to amend the rules to close the loophole allowing LBF sanctioned fight to be staged here. The rules allow it and they are only upset because the Warren promotion makes them look stupid. Totally agree with your points about Tyson. He threatens to eat kids and bites flesh from people yet the WBC, who is supporting the BBBofC, still sanctioned the fight, as did the BBBofC with Hide/Bentt and Christie/Kaylor. Hypocrites, the lot of them.