The proposed fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora has brought sweeping condemnation from the British Boxing Board of Control. The body has threatened to remove the licences of anyone who takes part in the fight.
The fight is set to take place on July 14 at West Ham's football stadium, Upton Park in London's East End and has been sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. Britain's boxing authority (BBBC) said: "Those behind this proposal are not concerned with the interests of the sport of boxing. Anyone who participates will be deemed to have terminated their membership."
The board's fury stems from the controversial and ugly scenes which took place in Germany at a post-fight press conference in February, reported in Digital Journal at the time. Chisora was later arrested by police in Munich along with his trainer, Don Charles. Haye meanwhile had fled on an early morning flight back to Britain. Chisora began heckling from the seat at the post-match gathering, starting with a volley of jibes including, "How's the toe!" (Haye had blamed a title defeat last July on a broken toe). Chisora then left his seat and confronted Haye nose-to-nose.
What happened next was a shameful and ugly incident which saw Chisora and Haye trade punches before wrestling each other to the floor. The brawl, captured by the world media, can be seen in the video below
The BBBoC will not sanction the fight because both men had their British licenses removed following the scenes at that press conference. Dereck Chisora however is appealing against his license removal at a special hearing on May 14. Part of the BBBoC statement read:
Dereck Chisora has recently had his licence withdrawn on the ground that he is not a fit and proper person to hold a boxer's licence.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.
Promoter Frank Warren, is also Chisora's manager, believes what he is doing is "legal and lawful" and has dismissed Wladimir Klitschko's claims that the July 14 bout is nothing more than a freak show. EU freedom of trade laws permit the fight to be held in the UK, while the boxers have been issued licences by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.