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17 NOVEMBER 2018


German Boxing Board Support BBBOC Over Haye Vs Chisora

The German Boxing Board (BDB) has written to the European Boxing Union (EBU) and the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) in support of the BBBoC over the proposed clash between David Haye and Dereck Chisora at West Ham Soccer ground on July 14, sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (LBF).


The BDB president Thomas Pütz has joined his WBC counterpart José Sulaimán over the controversial contest and in his letter he has urged the EBU to expel the LBF and for the sport to stand firm in condemning the July 14 show.


“Like most of the boxing world I was surprised, disappointed, upset and shocked when I heard that not only is Frank Warren planning to promote a fight between Dereck Chisora and David Haye in London on July 14, but that the LBF is willing to approve and sanction this fight,” wrote Pütz.

“For obvious and good reasons Dereck Chisora has lost his license with the BBBoC, is under suspension from the BDB and has been suspended indefinitely by the WBC.

“Neither Chisora nor David Haye hold a valid license with the BBBoC; still they are planning to fight each other in Great Britain. This fact alone justifies Wladimir Klitschko’s comment that we should not talk about a boxing fight but about a ‘freak show’. I have to say that even though I would choose a different wording I totally agree with our World heavyweight champion in this point.

“I think most of my colleagues from the boxing commissions and federations all over the world and the world sanctioning bodies agree that the fight between Haye and Chisora on July 14 should not take place and cannot be tolerated or even supported by the EBU or any of their affiliated commissions or federations.

“As a Union we have to respect each other and support each other for the sake of the EBU and the sport in general. Therefore I cannot understand the decision of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (LBF) to support the ‘freak show’ against the explicit will and decision of the BBBoC, the BDB and the WBC.

“As you may have heard even big TV stations like ARD here in Germany has come to its senses after all the public outcry and criticism over the last few days. I believe that other institutions will follow ARD’s example and withdraw from their decisions to support this event in any way.

“However, if the LBF sticks to its decision and plans to actually sanction the ‘freak show’ I hereby officially request to expel the LBF from the EBU for not respecting the authority and decisions of other affiliated members of the EBU.

“In my opinion, especially in difficult times like these where promoters try all different kinds of moves to undermine the decisions made by commissions and sanctioning bodies and new unreliable and suspicious federations are founded every day, the EBU has to make a clear statement, show strength and unity and let the world know that we stay true to our ideals and values and are not the promoters, fighters or anybody’s puppets.”


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