Friday, May 18, 2012


The World Boxing Council has waded into the controversy surrounding the David Haye v Dereck Chisora fight, claiming they will remove licences from anyone involved in the bout, including Frank Warren.

The WBC suspended Chisora indefinitely for his behaviour before and after the fight with Vitali Klitschko in February, which was marred by an unsightly brawl with Haye in the post-fight press conference.

The WBO and WBA governing bodies have sanctioned the fight however and have placed their respective International and Intercontinental titles on the line.

Chisora had his licence withdrawn and with Haye already technically retired and without a licence, both men went to the Luxembourg Boxing Federation to be sanctioned to fight.

We will not condone such disgraceful behaviour (from Chisora),' said WBC president Jose Sulaiman. 'This boxer has no idea of what good behaviour is.'
But Paco Valcarcel, president of the WBO, said, 'We have to go ahead and approve the fight.  

The Luxembourg Boxing Federation is a member of the WBO and the problem is between the LBF and the British Boxing Board of Control, not the LBF and the WBO.'

Warren has written to boxing bosses seeking clarity over any possible consequences of his role in the forthcoming fight.

The British Boxing Board of Control have claimed that any licence holder involved in the bout - including the promoter, managers, seconds and other fighters - will be deemed to have broken the terms of their membership and be immediately stripped of it.

As Chisora's manager, Warren would fall into the category of those who could be punished by the BBBofC, so he has contacted their general secretary, Robert Smith, to challenge their stance.

Warren has claimed ticket sales in the region of 20,000 have already been reported for the bout which is scheduled to take place at Upton Park in east London on July 14.

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