10th May 2012
Frank Warren has told talkSPORT that the fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora will go ahead despite threats from the British Boxing Board of Control.
The bout is scheduled to take place at Upton Park on July 14 between the two controversial fighters after they obtained licenses through the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.
The BBBofC have since said that anyone who takes part in the event runs the risk of having their licence revoked, but Warren has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show that doing this would be ‘a restraint of trade’.
Asked if the fight would be able to go ahead despite the threats from the BBBC, Warren replied: “Yes. 100%. What we’re doing is within the law. It’s legal. There are people who want to see this fight.
“This fight going on in this country doesn’t breach any British Boxing Board of Control regulations or rules.
“The fact of the matter is that the Luxembourg are members of the European Boxing Union, the same as the British Boxing Board of Control. They’re members of the WBC, the WBA, the IBF and the WBO, the same as the British Boxing Board of Control.
“They even wrote to the EBU to try and stop this from happening and the EBU said, ‘no, this is what Europe is all about, if another governing body wants to sanction a bout in another country, that’s what the EBU is about ’.
“[The threats to revoke licenses of those who take part in the event] are libellous because what they’re saying, as some newspapers have done, is that this show is going ahead, it’s not sanctioned, it’s not right, it’s not under the board of control’s regulations and therefore there will be no medical supervision.
“They can say they’re going to do it but they can’t do it that’s a restraint of trade. This is not what we would call an unlicensed show. An unlicensed show means that it’s like one of those white collar boxing shows that take place. This is a show that’s sanctioned and it’s sanctioned by a commission that the board of control recognise.”
courtesy of Talksport Radio www.talksport.co.uk
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