Dereck Chisora given back British boxing licence
CONTROVERSIAL boxer Dereck Chisora has been reissued with his boxing license which was removed following his German press conference brawl with David Haye.
The Finchley fighter had his career put on hold following the incident in February last year which took place following his fight with Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title.
The Board withdrew his license to box after a hearing on March 14 last year and the Zimbabwe-born fighter had to fight using a Luxembourg license when he and Haye settled their feud in the ring last summer.
However, Chisora has now been reissued with a license ahead of his April 20 comeback fight, according to promoter Frank Warren.
“I’m glad that this whole episode is finally behind me and I can carry on with my boxing career in my own country and with a British Boxing Board of Control license,” Chisora said.
“I would like to thank everyone who has kept faith with me over the troubled months and I look forward to repaying their loyalty with my performances in the ring as opposed to my action outside of it.
“I’d like to particularly thank the Luxembourg Boxing Federation for their support.”
Chisora, 29, was roundly condemned for his behaviour when he unsuccessfully challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title in early 2012.
Having already slapped Klitschko at their weigh-in and spat water in the face of his opponent’s brother, Wladimir, Chisora became embroiled in a distasteful brawl with Haye in the post-fight press conference.
The two men met in the ring at Upton Park in July last year to settle their argument but controversially had to use Luxembourg licenses, due to Chisora’s being withdrawn and Haye not holding one having technically retired.
Former WBA champion Haye stopped Chisora in five rounds on a rain-soaked night in east London.
Now, however, Chisora can continue his career under the umbrella of the British Board and will fight on Warren’s April 20 Wembley Arena show in a 10-round bout as planned.
Warren added: “I’m delighted that the British Boxing Board Control has made the right decision and re-instated Dereck’s license and the slate is now clean.
“He is an exciting fighter who always gives 100 per cent.
“We will announce who Dereck will be fighting at Wembley Arena shortly but it’s great to have him back in action and we’ve got some big plans for him.”