3rd June 2012

Frank Warren
Frank Warren has responded to the news this week, that the European Boxing Union had decided to cut ties and remove the Luxembourg Boxing Federation from its organisation, After it had sanctioned the controversial David Haye and Dereck Chisora fight set for July 16 at West Ham’s Upton Park Stadium.
Warren today issued a statement regarding the situation and rumours that the fight would have to scrapped; by insisting that, ‘The Show will go on’
Full Statement:

It
comes as no surprise that the EBU has taken steps to remove the
Luxembourg Federation, as the Chairman / President of the British Boxing
Board of Control, Charles Giles, is also the Vice-Chairman of the EBU
.  In addition he is the Vice-President of the World Boxing Council and it can be expected that the WBC will disassociate itself with the Luxembourg Federation.

Giles
took the trouble to go to the EBU meeting held in Belgium on a long
bank holiday weekend, yet he would not take the time to give evidence at
Dereck Chisora’s original hearing at the BBBofC’s head office in
Cardiff.   He was in the
very same building and despite Dereck’s barrister request to give evidence, he left out of the back door.

 
The EBU vote is
not a fair reflection of the actual nations that voted on this matter
as the BBBofC has a far larger vote on EBU decisions than any
other country, because it represents more boxers than any other country.  That said, the vote was cast without any consultation of the
British licence holders that they are there to represent.  It may well
be that the Federation takes steps against the EBU, its lawyers have
already written to the BBBofC to raise a complaint and are looking at
the options.  

 
Whilst
the BBBofC maintains that it has no problem with the Federation
licensing shows, it is difficult to understand why it would act in this
way, especially without even speaking to the people it should be
representing.

  
Both
Luxembourg and the BBBofC are also affiliated with the World Boxing
Organisation (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) who have also
sanctioned Haye v Chisora for their International and Intercontinental
titles.  The show will also feature the WBA Heavyweight Championship of
the World between the champion Alexander Povetkin against former WBC
champion Hasim Rahman.

 
So
far 28,000 tickets have been sold for the show, with multiple reader
polls supporting the fight, including the Daily Mail Online – the second
largest English language news site in the world – which revealed that
71% would buy a ticket or watch the fight on BoxNation.

 
Even
in Germany the public have voted to see the fight and a UK trade paper
Boxing News poll gave it an overwhelming majority in favour.
 

 
The
show is being promoted by BoxNation in association with Team Sauerland
and Hayemaker Boxing Ltd and will be televised live on BoxNation (Sky
Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

 
A full undercard announced will be announced this Wednesday.