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LBF takes Haye-Chisora dispute with BBBoC to court

ESPN staff
July 4, 2012
David Haye's impending fight with Dereck Chisora has courted controversy throughout © Getty Images

The Luxembourg Boxing Federation has initiated legal proceedings against the British Boxing Board of Control in an attempt to stop the organisation interfering with the forthcoming British heavyweight fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora.

The fight, which is licensed by the LBF, is set to go ahead on July 14 at Upton Park against the wishes of the BBBoC - which revoked Chisora's licence following a press conference brawl with Haye earlier this year.

The BBBoC has threatened further sanctions against any party involved in the prospective fight in an attempt to see the fight abandoned, actions that the LBF has now moved to stop.

"The Luxembourg Boxing Federation and a number of licence holders have today issued legal proceedings against the British Boxing Board of Control in relation to its behaviour over the Haye v Chisora fight on July 14, 2012," an LBF statement read. "This is not something anyone wanted to do and neither is it a step we took lightly, but we felt we were left with no option.

"We have issued proceedings to prevent the Board from intimidating its own members into not participating in the fight.

"The Board has admitted that it can do nothing legally to stop the fight but it is still threatening to call its licence-holders to account for their involvement.

"The fight is going ahead on 14 July and over 28,000 tickets have been sold. This is a fight that the public want to see and is being broadcast live in the UK and in more the 60 countries."

The BBBoC has yet to respond to the LBF.

The European Boxing Union has also threatened to throw out the LBF over the Haye-Chisora fight but, despite that threat, the LBF board voted in favour of backing the bout at a special general meeting last month.

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