BBB clamp down on Haye – Chisora bout

Updated: May 10, 2012

Promoters of the heavyweight fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora will be automatically stripped of their licences.

The warning means that any licence holder who promotes the fight will be automatically deemed to have broken the terms of their membership and will result in them instantly being stripped of their licence.
The Board are firm in their stance to clamp down on the fight, which is scheduled for July 14th in Upton Park show has been sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation despite neither fighter holding a licence to box in Britain at the present time.

The decision may have a detrimental blow on those who are operating around the limit of the promotion.
The decision to come down hard is a result of rife criticism it received in the aftermath of its verdict to strip Chisora of his licence following an ugly brawl with Haye which broke out in a press conference in instead of giving him a ban.
The British Boxing Board released a statement: “The Articles of Association…of the British Boxing Board of Control, to which every member has agreed to be bound, make it perfectly clear that the object of the BBBoC is to control and regulate boxing in the United Kingdom.

Any member of the BBBoC who participates in any way in a promotion such as that referred to above would thereby evince an intention not to be bound by the Constitution of the BBBoC and would act in a manner wholly incompatible therewith. In such circumstances the BBBoC would accept that member’s repudiation of the Constitution as terminating his/her membership of the BBBoC and his/her licence.
[We] condemn any attempt by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation [to hold the fight]. Those behind the proposal are not concerned with the interests of the sport of professional boxing.

Any member who participates in such a promotion would bring the sport of boxing into disrepute and would wholly undermine the authority of the British Boxing Board of Control, of which he/she is a member, as the regulatory body for professional boxing in the United Kingdom.

This is nothing more than an attempt to circumvent the decision of the stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control, in respect of Dereck Chisora, for monetary gain. Dereck Chisora’s proper remedy is by way of appealing to the Independent Stewards of Appeal, which is due to take place on July 2, 2012.
Participation includes taking any steps directly or indirectly, to arrange, advertise, broadcast, facilitate, officiate or take part in any way in such a promotion.”

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