David Haye v Dereck Chisora, a fight that has divided the boxing world, was back in the headlines this week. As the European Boxing Union (EBU) was pondering its next move the fight appeared to be in doubt. The EBU is currently weighing up a decision on whether or no to expel the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (LBF) from the Union for sanctioning the contest.
A possible expulsion seems to be on the cards as a direct result of pressure placed on the EBU by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC). The Board are still unhappy that the Frank Warren promoted fight is being sanctioned by a foreign authority and have brought their considerable weight to bear on the issue.
Certain members of the LBF are shifting uncomfortably in their seats over this saga too. On Tuesday the Federation held a meeting were they voted 8-4 in favour of continuing to support the July 14th card. Clearly some people within the LBF have their misgivings about being caught up in such a delicate situation.
With sales of tickets for the event at West Ham’s Upton Park reportedly topping 20,000 already there is a huge financial incentive to keep the contest in place. There are rumours that up to five other governing bodies are prepared to step in if the LBF get cold feet. Whatever you think of the fight itself it looks as though by hook or by crook there will be a boxing match.
Two of the more outspoken critics of the Haye and Chisora show have been the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali. It is thought by a number of people that David Haye was using Dereck Chisora as a tune-up fight before meeting Vitali in the autumn. Both brothers have distanced themselves from Frank Warren’s latest venture. On top of that it looks as though Vitali may have even reached the end of the boxing road.
It was the Boxing Writers Association of America‘s annual dinner this week. The Klitschkos were the recipients of the James A. Farley award for honesty and integrity in boxing. Vitali appears to have used his all of his integrity by sidestepping the Haye issue and announcing Manuel Charr as his next opponent.
Vitali will face Charr in Kiev on September 1st in what many people are claiming will be his farewell contest. Tellingly, this will be the older Klitschko’s first professional boxing match in his home country. With a career in politics beckoning it’s certainly a novel way to drum up support for the cause.
It isn’t just the Klitschkos who are avoiding the Upton Park controversy. However, some are staying away because of possible BBBofC repercussions rather than a distaste for the events on show. Kevin Mitchell and Frank Buglioni, both managed by Frank Warren have said that they won’t appear on the card. This is a result of the BBBofC’s claim that anyone involved in proceedings on July 14 will be viewed as having terminated their Board membership.
The BBBofC have since retracted that threat but it still has fighters worried. Buglioni himself said on Twitter, “I will not be fighting on the Upton Park show due to the risk of losing my license and possibility of a British title. Absolutely gutted”.
Frank Warren has suggested that Kevin Mitchell, a West Ham fan may bring legal proceedings against the BBBofC. Warren has said that the Board are stopping Mitchell from appearing and that he has asked them to reconsider, “it [the Board] may be forced to do so rather than face proceedings from Kevin for the purse he would have earned together with the lost opportunity to fight in front of 40,000 people”.
Frank Warren is no stranger to the courts when it comes to fighting for what he sees as monetary justice. Unfortunately for the BBBofC they are in no position financially to weather such a legal storm if it goes that far. We have already seen one climbdown on the stance they originally took when this fight was announced. I would not be surprised if we see another in the near future.
- THQ Outlines More Details On Ring Breaks In WWE ’13 (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)
- Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)
- WWE Considering Change To Wellness Policy Announcements (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)
- Happy 27th Birthday Drew McIntyre (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson sells California estate for close to $4.9 million (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)
- Jim Ross on commentary for final FCW arena taping (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)
- Randy Orton comments on his 60-day suspension (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)
- Happy 47th Birthday Mick Foley (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)
- Has CM Punk Lost the Edge That Made Him a Star? (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)
- WWE Issues Response to TNA’s Lawsuit (wrestleraw.wordpress.com)