By Ryan Waugh: Frank Warren insists that Dereck Chisora’s WBO International and WBA Intercontinental heavyweight title clash with David Haye is totally legitimate.
Both fighters will lock horns at West Ham United’s Boleyn ground on Saturday, 14 July for bragging rights to who is the king of the British heavyweight scene.
However, the fight has been scorned with controversy since the announcement that both boxers would settle their differences in the ring.
With Chisora, 28, having his licence revoked by the British boxing board of control due to his actions prior to and after his fight with Vitali Klitschko and his unsavoury scenes with Haye at the post-fight press conference, the media have been quick to express this fight as a dubious decision.
“We have had a lot reaction to what happened in Germany, some of it justified and some of it isn’t,” said Warren.
“The fact of the matter is, the boxing board of control have organised a hearing and determined at that hearing that Dereck Chisora’s licence will be withdrawn.
“However, if he wanted to box for another jurisdiction that was his choice, that’s what he has chosen to do and it was their suggestion.
“I would not class it as a loophole, I would class it as what the facts are. What is this guy going to do, have a self-imposed exile.”
With certain issues between Warren’s lawyers and the BBBofC still to be ironed out, Warren, 60, is confident that everything on his side of the fence is in good order. And the fight will go ahead.
“From my point of view it is all resolved. It is legal and lawful, with the board of control, this is not about this fight but about territory,” said Warren.
“It’s about another organisation coming into this country and being involved in a show. That’s what the problem is, the board of control supported other federations in Europe.
“This has happened in Austria, Germany and also Switzerland, they have sent stewards along and supervisors to supervise and let licence holders box on them shows. So that’s what the crux of all this is about.
“If they wanted to ban Dereck Chisora, they could have banned him. They could have banned him for a year, two months or 10 years, so why did they not do it.?”
Regarding the fight itself, Haye is a 2/5 favourite to win the contest with Chisora being a 13/5 underdog for the bout in East London.
However, Chisora’s manager Warren does not agree with the bookies and believes that the pressure will firmly be on the Hayemaker.
“If I was a gambling man, I would not take him as the underdog. It’s a shame about what happened in Germany as it took away what a decent performance it was,” said Warren.
“The pressure is on Haye as he is the favourite and all the press expect him to win.”
With near to 30,000 tickets already sold for the big showdown, it is expected that one of the most eagerly awaited all British bouts for years, will be a sell-out, come fight night.
June 12, 2012