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Chisora appeals to BBBoC, Warren eyes Haye clash

ESPN staff
March 29, 2012

Dereck Chisora has appealed the withdrawal of his boxing licence by the British Boxing Board of Control, his promoter Frank Warren has confirmed.

The BBBoC removed the Brit's licence indefinitely following his conduct before and after last month's WBC heavyweight clash with Vitali Klitschko.

Chisora slapped his opponent at the weigh-in, spat water at Klitschko's brother Wladimir in the ring and then came to blows with David Haye in the press-confrerence, prompting the BBBoC to say he was "not a fit and proper person" to hold a licence.

Warren confirmed that Chisora had appealed, and admitted that a fight between Haye and Chisora was the most appropriate way for them to settle their differences.

"The appeal has gone in already. The grounds for the appeal are that we're not satisfied with the way the hearing went," Warren said.

"There was also no chance to review any evidence before the hearing. All I want to see is a fair hearing. Dereck Chisora will present his side of events and then we'll see what happens.

"A lot of stuff came out at the first hearing. For example we thought [BBBoC chairman] Charlie Giles was in charge but it turns out there was no steward from the BBBoC representing the British boxer's interests. Instead he was working for the WBC. We wanted him to give evidence at the hearing but he didn't."

Because he does not currently hold a licence, Haye was outside of the BBBoC's authority following his retirement last autumn. However, at the time, the BBBoC warned that Haye may struggle to regain a licence if he decided to return to the ring, but Warren remains confident a grudge match will happen.

"It's a natural fight, it doesn't matter what anyone says," he said. "It's a bigger fight than either of them fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. There's lot for them to fight about - in a proper environment. I do see the fight happening. It's the proper forum for them to settle their differences."

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