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Dereck Chisora has recently had his licence withdrawn by the Stewards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
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