David Haye and Dereck Chisora will go head to head at Upton Park on July 14 in a fight sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, according to reports.
Neither of the British heavyweight fighters – who hit the headlines for their conduct at the press conference after Chisora’s WBC heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in Munich on February 18 – hold a current British Boxing Board of Control licence.
Chisora’s licence was withdrawn in March following his involvement in a number of controversial incidents before and after the Olympiahalle fight. The Londoner slapped his opponent at the weigh-in and spat water at the Ukrainian’s brother Wladimir just prior to the contest – which he lost on points – before becoming embroiled in a brawl with Haye at the post-fight press conference.
Haye, meanwhile, relinquished his licence when he officially retired last October – three months after losing his WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg.
However, the grudge match looks set to go ahead after seemingly having been given the green light by the Luxembourg authorities.
Chisora’s manager Frank Warren – who is due to make a “major announcement” at Upton Park later this morning – said in The Sun: “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.”