• David Haye v Dereck Chisora

Chisora's trainer: I don't need British board

ESPN staff
May 23, 2012
Don Charles: 'I would take a licence from whoever lets me make a living' © PA Photos

Don Charles, Dereck Chisora's trainer, has warned the British Boxing Board of Control that he would have no problem with operating under a foreign licence for the rest of his career.

The Chisora v David Haye fight on July 14 has been sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation because neither man possesses a British licence. Haye handed his in when he 'retired' last October, while Chisora's was taken away because of his actions before and after a February battle with Vitali Klitschko.

The British board has said that anyone involved in the Haye v Chisora fight, including trainers, will be assumed to have handed in their British licence - a decision that Charles feels should be reconsidered.

"I've always made my personal opinion quite clear," Charles told ESPN. "The board have taken the wrong stance. They should look at it, review it, and they need to change that decision. I for one am going to work at that show [Haye v Chisora]. Why? I've had ten hard years training Chisora, I'm not about to walk away from my fighter on his biggest day.

"I would take a licence from whoever lets me make a living - at the end of the day, it's what I do for a living, so [it's about] whoever will give me a licence and let me carry out my job as a boxing trainer.

"I'd prefer to have a British licence, I live in Britain and I think they do a really good job anyway with boxing in this country. It's a shame, because I'm a romantic, and feel the board should drop all the problems they have."

Charles is training Ali Adams ahead of his fight with Audley Harrison on Saturday in Essex. Harrison has said he will retire if he loses.

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