David Haye and Dereck Chisora set to fight at West Ham United's Upton Park in July
The past 12 months has been a turbulent time for the sport of boxing, with the low point being a pre-fight brawl between British pair David Haye and Dereck Chisora, following Chisora’s defeat to Vitali Klitschko in Munich in Feburary.
Arranging Haye and Chisora to step into the ring and fight again must surely be a promoter’s dream. Frank Warren, the promoter in charge of this upcoming clash must be smiling all the way to the bank, as the fight is planned to take place at West Ham United’s Upton Park on July 14th of this year.
Complications surrounding the fight involve an issue of legality, as the British Boxing Board of Control have refused to sanction the fight, as neither fighter holds a valid British license, as Haye has retired and Chisora had his license withdrawn following the spat with Haye earlier in the year.
However, the Luxembourg Boxing Federation has chose to sanction the fight, which will be officially announced by Warren at a 12:30 press conference today.
Talking about Chisora, Warren said on BBC Radio Five Live: “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 licensed by the governing body in Luxembourg, which has the same standards as the British Boxing Board of Control.
Chisora was lucky to avoid being banned following his actions surrounding the Klitschko fight over two months ago. The Zimbabwe-born fighter slapped Vitali in the build up to the fight, spat water at Vitali’s brother Wladimir and proceeded to fight Haye at the post-match press conference, shown in the video above.
After the fracas between himself and Haye, Chisora was filmed saying he would shoot Haye, telling Booth he would face Haye in the ring, or else resort to hunting him down.
Chisora’s promoter, Warren had initially said he would not go ahead with a fight between the pair saying “what he did was stupid and there be some sort of punishment.”
However, the news coming out of the Chisora camp today is that this fight will go ahead. Warren has defended this decision, as he said: “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.”