EXCLUSIVE: EXCLUSIVE: Despite stories to the contrary, the Luxembourg Boxing Federation will be sanctioning the upcoming heavyweight clash between David Haye and Dereck Chisora
Over the weekend the European Boxing Union (EBU) voted to suspend the Luxembourg Federation with the threat of complete expulsion if it continued to support the controversial bout.
However, a source in Luxembourg has revealed to SecondsOut that that an emergency meeting has taken place in the small European nation this evening and the members of the federation have voted in favour of sanctioning the fight without EBU backing.
This move will likely mean that the luxembourg Federeration will operate outside of the EBU’s governance in the future but the source stated that this will not mean that the structure and organisation of the fight will be hindered in any way.
The source also poured scorn on reports that 94 per cent of EBU members had recently voted in favour of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation being suspended, explaining that the percentage is based on the number of fighters licensed by each member state rather than the actual number of governing bodies casting a vote.
In fact, the source said, 17 nations were in favour of the move, 12 were against and one abstained. It’s just that the countries with the most licensed boxers (notably the British Boxing Board of Control) were the ones who were most in favour of seeing the Luxembourg Boxing Federation punished.
Also, despite the EBU not supporting the contest, both the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and the World Boxing Association (WBA) will continue to sanction the fight for their international and intercontinental titles.
June 5, 2012