Frank Warren has today revealed that he plans to stage a fight between David Haye and Derek Chisora, despite criticism from many corners of boxing since the pair's brawl in the Munich press conference that followed Chisora's loss to Vitali Klitschko in February.
The fight will go ahead at West Ham's Upton Park on the 14th of July, and will be sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, as neither of the pair holds a current licence with the British Boxing Board of Control.
Chisora (15/8 To Beat Haye) had his licence withdrawn in March after a number of controversial moments before and after his fight with Klitschko, including an ugly brawl at the post-fight conference with Haye that saw a camera tripod and a bottle wielded in anger.
Haye (2/5 To Beat Chisora) himself was officially retired at the time of the shameful scenes in Munich and as such outside of the jurisdiction of the boxing authorities both in Germany and then UK, and would arguably find it difficult to persuade them to re-instate his licence. As such, the bout appears to have been given the green light by the authorities in Luxembourg.
Chisora's manager and promoter Frank Warren defended his decision to stage the fight, saying: "It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is that the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead. He (Chisora) is not banned from boxing. The fight has been licenced by the governing body in Luxembourg, which has the same standards as the British Boxing Board of Control."