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Haye v Chisora is a freak show - Klitschko

ESPN staff
May 9, 2012

Heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko has dismissed the David Haye v Dereck Chisora grudge match on July 14 as a "freak show".

Klitschko, who beat Haye on points last year and twice pulled out of bouts with Chisora, feels that the Brits should not have gone to the Luxembourg Boxing Federation in order to get a licence.

Neither possesses a British licence, with Chisora's having been taken away because of his actions before and after a fight with Wladimir's brother, Vitali, over a February weekend in Munich. Haye handed in his licence to the British board last October when he 'retired' at the age of 31.

"It is a freak show under freak rules," Wladimir said. "It is a spit in the face of the British Boxing Board of Control.

"To get a licence for this man [Chisora] is disgraceful for the sport. How can you have such an event featuring a man who has shown his behaviour to the world, especially considering what he did at the press conference [in Munich], where he threatened Haye? It's something that isn't good for the fans and the sport."

Meanwhile, the Klitschkos' manager Bernd Boente insists news of the 'Licenced to Thrill' contest has left him disinterested - despite rumours that Haye v Vitali will take place at some point this year or next.

Boente told BBC Radio Five Live: "They both lost to the Klitschkos. They are on the second level. We could [not] care less."

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