- David Haye v Dereck Chisora
BBBoC condemns Haye v Chisora move
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) has condemned the decision to stage the fight between Dereck Chisora and David Haye.
British heavyweights Haye and Chisora will meet at West Ham's Upton Park on July 14, despite neither currently holding a British licence.
Chisora had his licence withdrawn by BBBoC following a controversial weekend in Munich in February, when he slapped opponent Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in, spat in the face of Vitali's brother Wladimir in the ring, and then brawled with Haye at the post-fight press conference.
Haye, the former WBA champion, handed in his licence in October 2011 when he confirmed his retirement.
Rumours surfaced that the pair had agreed to clash in the ring and promoter Frank Warren confirmed this week that a deal had been struck - with the Luxembourg association sanctioning the fight.
This has not gone down well with the BBBoC and it has issued a statement condemning the move.
The statement read: "It has come to the attention of the stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control that the Luxembourg Boxing Federation is considering putting on a promotion within the jurisdiction of the Board between Dereck Chisora and David Haye. The stewards condemn any attempt by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation to do so.
"Those behind this proposal are not concerned with the interests of the sport of professional boxing. Any member who participates in such a promotion would bring the sport of boxing into disrepute and would wholly undermine the authority of the British Boxing Board of Control, of which he/she is a member, as the regulatory body for professional boxing in the United Kingdom. This is nothing more than an attempt to circumvent the decision of the stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control, in respect of Dereck Chisora, for monetary gain. Dereck Chisora's proper remedy is by way of appeal to the Independent Stewards of Appeal, which is due to take place on the 2nd July 2012.
"The British Boxing Board of Control has made its position clear to the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, the European Boxing Union and World Sanctioning Organisations and has already received strong support for its stance. As stated above, the British Boxing Board of Control does not approve of such a promotion taking place within its jurisdiction and will not supply any of its officials to officiate at such a promotion. For the avoidance of doubt, any member of the British Boxing Board of Control who participates in any way in such a promotion will be deemed to have terminated his/her membership of the British Boxing Board of Control and his/her licence therewith, for the reasons stated above.
"Participation includes taking any steps directly or indirectly, to arrange, advertise, broadcast, facilitate, officiate or take part in any way in such a promotion."