• David Haye v Dereck Chisora

WBC's hardline stance to scupper Haye v Klitschko

ESPN staff
May 18, 2012

The World Boxing Council has positioned itself side-by-side with the British Boxing Board of Control, insisting it will ban anyone involved in the controversial David Haye v Dereck Chisora fight.

Neither Haye nor Chisora have a British boxing licence, so their July 14 meeting at Upton Park is being sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

Haye surrendered his British licence when he 'retired' from boxing last October, while Chisora was stripped of his following a string of controversies before and after his fight with Vitali Klitschko during February. Chisora has appealed the decision, and his case will be heard in July.

The BBBoC has said that anyone who takes part in Haye v Chisora will be assumed to have handed in their British licence, and now the WBC has taken a similar stance.

"We will expel Luxembourg from our organisation ... as well as any person or institution that has relations with them," said WBC president Jose Sulaiman.

"We will not condone such a disgraceful behaviour [from Chisora] after seeing that this boxer has no idea of what good behaviour is, by accepting to participate in the intent to threat and embarrass the organisation of boxing with such an act.

"I am sure the European Boxing Union is on the verge of a strong position against Luxembourg; I am also furious with the promoter [BoxNation and Sauerland are promoting Haye v Chisora] who is trying to blast the ethics, honesty and seriousness of the sport of boxing."

The news deals a significant blow to Haye, who has said he intends to face WBC heavyweight champion Klitschko after the Chisora bout.

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