Guess who's back? David Haye will face Dereck Chisora on July 14. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
A fight between British bad boy heavyweights David Haye and Dereck Chisora will be made official tomorrow at Upton Park ground in West Ham, as Frank Warren's press conference will announce the bout, which is to be sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. The fight will take place on Saturday, July 14, and it's possible that Ricky Burns vs Kevin Mitchell could be part of this card, which makes it quite a nice night for UK fight fans.
The British Boxing Board of Control will not sanction the fight after removing Chisora’s licence on March 14 and with Haye’s licence having lapsed.
This will be the first time that a bout will be held in Britain licensed by a foreign federation, something Robert Smith, secretary of the BBBC, said presented "a huge challenge to the board and everything we stand for".
Federations are able to license bouts abroad because of free trade laws and the BBBC itself has put on shows in countries without a proper boxing commission like Malta.
Haye (25-2, 23 KO) hasn't fought since his July 2011 loss to Wladimir Klitschko in a stinkbomb of a fight, while Chisora (15-3, 9 KO) has lost two straight to Robert Helenius and Vitali Klitshcko, though most believe Chisora deserved the W over Helenius and was shafted by poor officiating.
The two made waves after Chisora's loss to Klitschko, when they engaged in a brawl with one another at the post-fight press conference. The brawl led the British officials to revoke Chisora's license, and Haye's lapsed last year, but there's really not much they can do to stop this. It's happening, and it's a real, heavyweight grudge match that people are going to pay to see.
BoxNation will televise the fight in the UK, and Sauerland Event will help Warren as co-promoters of the fight. Sauerland has run shows in Germany overseen by the Austrian commission for years, so they're familiar with this sort of thing.
I'm not going to lie and pretend I'm too intellectual or something for this one, because I'm not. I'm looking forward to it, looking forward to the press conferences, and looking forward to the big-time trash talking that these two present. I love my respectful sport of nobility and all that, but sometimes I just want to see a couple of guys who really don't like each other really fight each other. There's going to be no way for David Haye to escape a fight with a guy like Chisora. He's not good enough to keep him at bay. He's going to have to rumble. It could get very, very interesting.