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Boxing | International

David Haye (R) and Dereck Chisora © Action Images

Haye and Chisora to fight in July



British heavyweights David Haye and Dereck Chisora will fight each other in London on July 14.

They are scheduled to get into the ring five months after their brawl in Germany that resulted in Chisora being stripped of his boxing licence.

Chisora's manager, Frank Warren, said in London on Tuesday the fight at West Ham Football Club's Upton Park Stadium would be sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

The British Boxing Board of Control has refused involvement because neither fighter has a licence.

Haye relinquished his licence and retired last year after losing his WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko.

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

The promoter told BBC radio he had changed his mind when British authorities delayed Chisora's appeal against the withdrawal of his licence.

"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?"

Warren said his fighter's situation would not stop the bout taking place.

"He is not banned from boxing. The fight has been licensed by the governing body in Luxembourg, which has the same standards as the British Boxing Board of Control," Warren said.

"It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is that the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead."

"No charges have been made against Haye or Dereck for what happened in Munich. He has lost half of his purse in sanctions and costs since the Klitschko fight.

"He has no qualifications, the next thing for him to do would be to sign on."

SEPARATED BY 2m FENCE

Sapa-AFP reports that Haye and Chisora's camps were separated by a 2 metre high steel fence when the bout was announced at a media conference on Tuesday.

Haye immediately vowed to knock out Chisora.

"He is the ideal opponent for me," Haye said. "I am so glad he has a good chin because if he didn't he would be blasted out in first round. This means I will give him a nice, slow, concussive beating.

"I tried to knock him out in Munich and this is the opportunity to shut him up."

Chisora responded: "I don't like him. David, you need to get style. Your corn rows are out of fashion. Your talk is cheap. You always talk but you don't deliver in the ring."

Warren denied he was undermining the British Boxing Board of Control by seeking to get the fight licensed by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

"This is not the end of British boxing," Warren said. "I believe it will be a sell-out, a huge event. There are far worse things happening in sport than what's happening here.

The fight is expected to be the biggest British heavyweight bout since Lennox Lewis fought Frank Bruno in 1993.

'PULLED A KNIFE'

The two heavyweights traded insults and blows in Munich after Chisora apparently taunted Haye, who was at the back of the room, over the loss of his world title.

Chisora even threatened to shoot Haye and said on Tuesday his rival had recently responded with a threat of his own when the pair ran into each other in London.

"I saw David Haye a couple of weeks ago and he pulled a knife," Chisora said.

Haye responded: "I was eating a steak. It was in a restaurant."

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



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