8th May 2012
David Haye and Dereck Chisora are set to meet at West Ham’s Upton Park ground on July 14th as confirmed this morning by promoter Frank Warren.
Warren has defended his decision to make the all British heavyweight grudge match which will be licenced by the Luxembourg Boxing Association, as apose to the (BBBofC) British Boxing Board of Control.
Chisora was stripped of his boxing licence by the Board after his escapades in Munich in February, when he he slapped Vitali Klitschko, spit water in the face of his brother Wladimir and then brawled with Haye at the post fight conference that followed the fight.
Chisora appealed against the boards decision but that hearing has been put back to July prompting Warren to go down a different road to get the fight sanctioned and ON.
“The hearing was put back to July so Dereck will have effectively been out of the ring for six months and that equates, if he was a footballer, to being out of action for 24 matches,” Warren told BBC Radio Five Live.
“He has lost half of his purse in sanctions and costs since the Klitschko fight.
“He has no qualifications, the next thing for him to do would be to sign on.
“He is not banned from boxing. The fight has been licenced by the governing body in Luxembourg, which has the same standards as the British Boxing Board of Control.
“It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is that the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead.”
A press conference has been called for this afternoon at West Ham’s stadium, in east London for the summer fight, that is being called the ‘Biggest heavyweight fight out there’ – But July 14th, is that too soon?
We will bring you the full press conference report and videos from today’s event when they come to us.