By Clive Bernath: Is it any wonder that practically everyone involved in the sport of boxing has very little or no respect for the world governing bodies?
Forget the doubling and trebling up of world titles in order to maximize revenue, that is bad enough, now the World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman has sunk to a new low by welcoming David Haye back to challenge their heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko when only a few months ago he announced he would ban anyone from taking part in a WBC sanctioned fights if they participated in any way in the July 14 David Haye Vs Dereck Chisora showdown in London.
Chisora had his licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control after his disgraceful behavior before, during and after his points defeat to Vitali Klitschko back in February but despites this Chisora still went ahead with a heavyweight bout against Haye, which was licensed by the Luxembourg Federation in London.
At the time Suliaman was quoted as saying: "We will expel Luxembourg from our organisation ... as well as any person or institution that has relations with them.
"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 ,who is trying to blast the ethics, honesty and seriousness of the sport of boxing."
Haye taking part in the fight against Chisora put him in the bracket of ...’as well as any person or institution that has relations with them’ but a statement on the WBC website reads: "WBC president Jose Sulaiman spoke with British boxer David Haye, who wants to return to fight for our organization.
"The WBC was the first boxing organization in recognising David as world champion, when he conquered the cruiserweight title in 2007. Then Haye fought in the heavyweight division, and now he wants a fresh championship shot against current champion Vitali Klitschko.
"The talk was amicable and David Haye is welcome to return to the WBC."
I certainly do not blame Haye or the prospective promoters if a Haye vs Klitschko fight takes place for the WBC title. Afterall they are professionals and out to make as much money as possible. I’ll give you one guess as to who else will also make a title a nice bungle of cash from this fight as well!
August 31, 2012