8th May, 2012
David Haye will on 14 July at West Ham’s Upton Park fight Dereck Chisora in a fight termed grudge fight of the century, it would be promoted by The Sun of London.
They clashed in a bare-fist punch-up in Munich in February and neither holds a current fight license.
As official sponsors, The Sun confirmed that the heavyweights, who traded blows at a press conference after Chisora lost his world title clash with Vitali Klitschko.
The British Boxing Board took Chisora’s licence as punishment for a spitting and slapping confrontation with Klitschko before their Munich fight.
Haye returned his licence after he lost his WBA title to the younger Klitschko, Wladimir, in Hamburg.
But Frank Warren, Chisora’s manager, has beaten the red tape by getting licenses from authorities in Luxembourg.
He said: “Before anyone starts screaming let me point out the Luxembourg boxing association was formed in 1922 seven years before the British Board.
“They have given their approval for the bout and it will go on at Upton Park under their jurisdiction.
“As fully fledged members of the European Boxing Union, that is what they are entitled to do.
“I never said Dereck shouldn’t be punished but the Board here withdrew his licence — they did not ban him so he can apply to any boxing board.”
On the undercard Alexander Povetkin defends his WBA heavyweight title against Hasim Rahman.