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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Dereck Chisora regains license

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora was granted a license by the British Boxing Board of Control on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to fight on promoter Frank Warren's April 20 card at Wembley Arena in London.

Chisora lost a lopsided decision to world titleholder Vitali Klitschko in Germany in February 2012. At the postfight news conference he was in the mood to fight again, igniting an ugly brawl with former titleholder David Haye of England.

Haye, on hand to work the British broadcast of the bout, and Chisora got into a verbal tussle at first, but Chisora then got up from the dais and walked toward Haye in the back of the room to confront him. They wound up in a nasty fight during which Haye allegedly cracked a bottle over Chisora's head.

The incident led to British authorities revoking their licenses. They returned to fight each other in July in London -- a bout Haye won by fifth-round knockout -- but the controversial showdown was regulated by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation and viewed as an outlaw event in Great Britain.

Warren is promoting light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly against mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi in the main event on April 20 and wanted to work with the British board again. Chisora's appearance on the card, which was originally scheduled for Saturday before being postponed, was contingent upon the British board licensing him.

"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 in a statement. "I would like to thank everyone who has kept faith in 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."

Chisora (15-4, 9 KOs), 29, will fight an opponent to be determined in a scheduled 10-round bout. A crowd-pleaser, he has lost three fights in a row, to Haye, Klitschko and via highly controversial split decision to Robert Helenius for the vacant European title in Helenius' home country of Finland in December 2011.

"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," Warren said. "He is an exciting fighter who always gives 100 percent. 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."