Frank Warren is uneasy about promoting a fight between Dereck Chisora and David Haye. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Promoter Frank Warren, who handles the career of controversial heavyweight Dereck Chisora, says he's not interested in making a fight between his fighter and David Haye following their Munich press conference brouhaha on Saturday.
From Sky Sports:
"I'm sure down the road that [the bout] will probably happen now, but I don't feel I could do that. Any differences they had, that should have happened in the ring rather than instead of the circumstances it did."
... "What happened as far as Dereck's concerned [threatening to shoot Haye] - call it 'street talk', call it whatever you want - it's ridiculous, it's out of order, it's wrong. Nobody can condone that. Saying you're going to shoot somebody in front of 250 press, to say the least, is a stupid remark.
"It was unacceptable. Everybody has to accept some responsibility - Dereck Chisora, David Haye, the British Boxing Board of Control, myself..."
Boxing being boxing, obviously the thought is that the two will eventually fight, and even Warren says the same.
His reluctance to promote the fight is understandable, though. Warren is a boxing promoter no different from other boxing promoters, so if it does happen I'm sure he'll be happy to take his share of the pie and help put it on, but I do assume his uneasiness with the idea, at least at the moment, is real. The situation is pretty unique and there's a lot of heat on everyone right now. Warren can't very well go, "They put on quite a show, didn't they? Let's see them in the ring, only on BoxNation!"
Plus, there's the whole negotiating with David Haye aspect that might get in the way. He and Adam Booth are not easy negotiators, and Haye believes his worth to be more than it is in some ways, but in others you have to admit he's not wrong that he has value. There's no Chisora-Haye, for instance, without Haye. More than the Klitschko talks he's had recently, he's got claim to market value here.
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