David Haye, Dereck Chisora to fight

Updated: May 8, 2012, 9:53 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- David Haye and Dereck Chisora will fight in London on July 14, five months after a brawl between the British heavyweights led authorities to strip Chisora of his boxing license.

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Dmitry Abramov/Getty ImagesDavid Haye's manager, Adam Booth, right, was bloodied in the February news conference brawl between his fighter and Dereck Chisora, left.

Chisora's manager, Frank Warren, said on Tuesday that the fight at West Ham soccer club will be sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation since the British Boxing Board of Control refused involvement because neither fighter has a license.

Haye relinquished his license last year to retire following the loss of his WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko.

Warren previously said he would not be involved in a fight between the pair, who brawled during a news conference after Chisora lost to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in Munich on Feb. 19.

He told BBC radio that he changed his mind when British authorities delayed Chisora's appeal against the withdrawal of his license.

"What he did was stupid and there should be some sort of punishment," Warren said. "But he will be out of action for six months and will lose money. Why should he not make a living?"

The BBC removed Chisora's license in part because he also slapped Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in for their bout and spat water at Wladimir Klitschko before the fight.


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