David Haye’s trainer and manager, Adam Booth, has blocked the choice of referee for the British heavyweight’s anticipated grudge clash against bitter-rival Dereck Chisora on July 14 at West Ham football stadium, east London.
Although Frank Warren, who looks after ‘suspended’ Chisora, gave the thumbs-up to experienced Mickey Vann officiating the rebel showdown — which is being licensed by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after being outlawed by the British Boxing Board of Control — Booth has objected, insisting former English featherweight Vann, now in his late 60s, is not physically capable of handling such a potentially-explosive heavyweight scrap.
“There’s no way I am allowing Mickey Vann to be the referee. Frank Warren knows I will kick and scream like a petulant child on this matter,” said Booth in The Sun. “The fact the Luxembourg Boxing Federation would nominate a 68-year-old featherweight to be in charge of a bout between two aggressive heavyweights, with a grudge, in a fight that is certain to get physical and ugly, beggars belief.
”Make no mistake, this fight is going to be wild and we need to be 100 percent confident of the third man in the ring.”
Former WBA beltholder Haye (25-2, 23 knockouts), who has come out of retirement to settle his differences with fellow-Londoner Chisora following their infamous press-conference bust-up in Munich earlier this year, agrees with Booth’s take on the dispute.
“I have always been a model pro in the ring but he (Chisora) hasn’t. We need a strong ref,” said 31-year-old Haye, whose last outing came exactly 12 months ago in Hamburg when soundly beaten on points by THE RING champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Chisora, 28, lost to WBC holder Vitali Klitschko in February and later had his license withdrawn indefinitely by the British Boxing Board of Control because of his unruly behaviour before, during and after that defeat in Germany, which included slapping Vitali, spitting at Wladimir and brawling with Haye.
The WBC is demanding the Zimbabwe-born Englishman take anger management classes before sanctioning his future fights. But Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs) has made it clear he will not be attending any therapy.