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Dereck Chisora regains British boxing licence stripped following brawl with David Haye

March 12th, 2013 Sports


Licence to fight: Dereck Chisora has regained his British boxing licence


Licence to fight: Dereck Chisora has regained his British boxing licence Photo: ACTION IMAGES




The British Boxing Board of Control withdrew Chisora’s licence in April 2012
after he tangled with Haye at a news conference in Munich after he lost to
WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.

Chisora, a former British and Commonwealth champion, used a Luxembourg licence
when he and Haye fought each other in London in July. Haye knocked him out
in the fifth round.

Promoter Frank Warren says Chisora was reissued with a licence Tuesday ahead
of his April 20 comeback fight. His opponent has not been named.

Chisora says “I’m glad that this whole episode is finally behind me.”
Chisora, 29, was roundly condemned for his behaviour when he unsuccessfully
challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title in early 2012.

Having already slapped Klitschko at their weigh-in and spat water in the face
of his opponent’s brother, Wladimir, Chisora became embroiled in a
distasteful brawl with Haye in the post-fight press conference.

The two men met in the ring at Upton Park in July last year to settle their
argument but controversially had to use Luxembourg licenses, due to
Chisora’s being withdrawn and Haye not holding one having technically
retired.

Former WBA champion Haye stopped Chisora in five rounds on a rain-soaked night
in east London.

Now, however, Chisora can continue his career under the umbrella of the
British Board and will fight on Warren’s April 20 Wembley Arena show in a
10-round bout as planned.

“I’m glad that this whole episode is finally behind me and I can carry
on with my boxing career in my own country and with a British Boxing Board
of Control license,” Chisora said.

“I would like to thank everyone who has kept faith me over the troubled
months and I look forward to repaying their loyalty with my performances in
the ring as opposed to my action outside of it.

“I’d like to particularly thank the Luxembourg Boxing Federation for
their support.”

Warren added: “I’m delighted that the British Boxing Board Control has
made the right decision and reinstated Dereck’s license and the slate is now
clean.

“He is an exciting fighter who always gives 100%. We will announce who
Dereck will be fighting at Wembley Arena shortly but it’s great to have him
back in action and we’ve got some big plans for him.”