British heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora is appealing against the British Boxing Board of Control’s decision to withdraw his fight license – on the grounds he did not receive a fair hearing first time.
The 28-year-old Londoner has been hit with an indefinite ban from fighting in the UK following his unruly antics before, during and after his unanimous decision loss to WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko in Germany earlier in the year.
But his promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that an appeal has been lodged with the BBBoC and is confidently predicting that a future bout with David Haye – who was involved in a public brawl with Chisora at the post-fight press conference in Munich – is a real possibility.
“It’s a natural fight – it doesn’t matter what anyone says. It’s a bigger fight than either of them fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko,” said Warren. “There’s a 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.”
As for Chisora’s attempt to have his suspension overturned, Warren insists that at the first disciplinary hearing in Cardiff last month, they were unable to address all of the evidence put before them by the BBBoC.
“The appeal has gone in already. The grounds for the appeal are that we’re not satisfied with the way the hearing went,” said the British promoter. “There was also no chance to review any evidence before the hearing. All I want to see is a fair hearing. Dereck will present his side of events and then we’ll see what happens.
“A lot of stuff came out at the first hearing. For example we thought Charles Giles (BBBofC chairman) was in charge – but it turns out there was no steward from the BBBofC representing the British boxer’s interests (in Germany). Instead he was working for the WBC.
“We wanted him to give evidence at the hearing but he didn’t. They said he was unavailable yet he was in the building and left by the back door. He didn’t even put in a written report, which is strange given what happened and that he was there.”