Friday, 4th May, 2012
David Haye V Dereck Chisora is ON. Rumours have been circulating for the best part of this week, but several solid sources have come forward, with an announcement likely to be made by British promoter Frank Warren on Tuesday at East London’s Upton park stadium. The fight which has been on the cards since the infamous post-Klitschko fight brawl will likely generate huge income in the UK, and all the ingredients are set for a massive all-UK grudge match which will no doubt be shown in Britain on Boxantion.
Whispers were emerging as early as last month, but Warren’s announcement yesterday that he is due to hold a press conference early next week ‘for a big fight’ almost makes it certain that the two will clash at the stadium of English football team West ham United. Credible sources in SKY sports news and ESPN’s Dan Rafael backup Warren’s comments last month on the potential clash. “It’s a natural fight, it doesn’t matter what anyone says,” Warren said. “It’s a bigger fight than either of them fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. There’s lot for them to fight about, in a proper environment. I do see the fight happening. It’s the proper forum for them to settle their differences.”
There are two dates in mind with July 1st or 14th pencilled in, but Dereck Chisora’s hearing to appeal his recent ban by the British Boxing Board of Control is on May 14th. It is likely that Chisora will have his license reinstated, although there will be complications getting both fighters licensed due to their antics in Germany back in February. On the undercard is a mouthwatering and equally huge clash between Londoner Kevin Mitchell and the reigning WBO lightweight boss Ricky Burns. If both fights are confirmed next week, then it will be the biggest night of British boxing since the days of Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton. Two fights of this magnitude will generate gigantic interest both domestically and abroad, and the Burns V Mitchell fight will be a genuine 50/50 contest.
Seriously big news for British and Boxing fans alike. The fight will no doubt sell itself, but I very much doubt SKY will pick this up. Boxnation look to have the deals in place to show the proposed bill, and they can expect their customer base to at least double if all is confirmed. So mark these dates in your diary, Dereck Chisroa BBBofC appeal hearing on May 14th, and July 1st or July 14th for the biggest British heavyweight clash in decades.