David Haye and Dereck Chisora to fight in London in July
David Haye and Dereck Chisora will fight at Upton Park on 14 July in a bout sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation
British heavyweights David Haye and Dereck Chisora will settle their differences in the ring at Upton Park on 14 July, it has been announced.
However, the fight will not be licenced by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC), instead it will be controlled by the Luxembourg Boxing Association, who will supply all the necessary officials and be responsible for the event.
The pair’s grudge began after both men were involved in a brawl at a post-fight press conference following Chisora’s defeat by Vitali Klitschko in Munich last February.
Chisora had his licence suspended indefinitely by the BBBC after he was cited for three counts of indiscipline as a result of the incident. In addition to his feud with Haye, Chisora slapped Klitschko at the weigh-in and spat water in the face of his younger brother Wladimir.
The fight was officially announced at a heated news conference at the stadium on Tuesday, where both fighters traded insults.
Speaking at the conference, where both men were separated by a steel fence, Haye said: “He is the ideal opponent for me. I am so glad he has got a good chin because if he didn’t have a good chin he would be blasted out in the first round.
“I tried to knock him out in Munich and this is the opportunity to shut him up.”
Chisora, who was surrounded by a number of security guards, angrily responded: “I don’t like him.
“Talk is cheap now. That was a lucky shot he hit me with in Munich. Your talk is cheap. You always talk but you don’t deliver in the ring.”
Chisora also sensationally claimed that after a chance meeting in London recently, Haye “pulled a knife”. Haye responded: “I was eating a steak. It was in a restaurant.”
After the decision was made to suspend his licence, Chisora launched an appeal and the hearing was due to begin next Monday, however it has now been pushed back to “some time in June”, according to the BBBC general secretary, Robert Smith.
Haye, meanwhile, relinquished his licence after he retired last October, after losing his WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko three months earlier, meaning neither men have an official licence to box in Britain.
The event is expected to attract around 40,000 people to Upton Park, which would be the biggest crowd in British boxing since Ricky Hatton brought 58,000 fans to the City Of Manchester Stadium to watch him fight Juan Lazcano in May 2008
Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren, insisted that he was not be undermining the BBBC by going to Luxembourg for the fight’s licence.
Warren said: “This is not the end of British boxing. I believe it will be a sell-out, a huge event. There are far, far worse things happening in sport than what’s happening here. No charges have been made against Haye or Dereck for what happened in Munich.
“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 BBBC. It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead.”