David Haye vs Dereck Chisora: Your thoughts on the integrity of this bout.

With Wladimir Klitschko believing the heavyweight clash between David Haye and Dereck Chisora on 14 July being nothing but a “freak show” and former IBF cruiserweight Glenn McCrory believing that the bout will bring British boxing into disrepute, we ask should this fight really be taking place?

Remember this fight has come about after the two heavyweights infamously came to blows in a post-match press conference in Munich in February after Chisora had lost a world-title fight with WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.

David Haye and Dereck Chisora eye-to-eye, soon to be toe-to-toe

Glenn McCrory raises some good points, he says, “I would have liked to have seen David Haye and Dereck Chisora apologise and be a bit humble about what happened in Germany. Instead it has been promoted into a fight when neither one of them holds a licence. I hope that the Boxing Board of Control will have something to say about this.”

“It brings the whole sport of boxing into disrepute and the message it sends out is that it is okay to do what you want.”

Now even though personally I’m keen to see this fight take place, at the same time I have to echo some of the same sentiments as Glenn McCrory, it is sending out the wrong message.

Essentially it’s saying that you can act as uncouth as you want and you can break a sport’s governing rules and regulations with impunity.

The fact that neither fighter holds a current British Boxing Board of Control licence speaks volumes about their mercenary characters, instead of accepting and honouring their respective penalties and having the bout after they’ve served their time, they’ve circumvented their punishments by getting sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation which is essentially sticking two fingers up to the body that made them into boxing celebrities in the first place.

If you and I flouted the general rules and regulations of society, we wouldn’t be given the chance to function again until we’d been rehabilitated, why should it be any different for two thuggish brutes who brought shame on themselves and the nation with their unsavoury antics back in February?

Lewis Hamilton is being robbed in broad daylight

Today I saw what could be described as download theft, Lewis was doing well but his pit stops constantly robbed him of a top finish in today’s race it looks like a total set up because both his pit stosp just happened to cost him valuable seconds i am so vexed right now I can’t breath………….I’m just saying!!

Grand or not so Grand National

I used to gamble a lot on horses when I was younger – a lot younger than I am now and naturally the motivation was to try and win money. As I got older and a bit more wiser I realised that gambling was a mug’s game and I stopped absolutely. However, when the mood takes me – and if I’m in a position to throw away a few bob, I will have a bet on the Grand National (although this year I wasn’t in any sort of financial position to take even the smallest gamble).

Sunnyhillboy and eventual winner Neptune Collanges slug it out to the line

The Grand National is the pinnacle of national hunt racing in the UK and for all those involved in the sport, it’s the one they all want to win. For me, having a history of gambling on horses, it’s still the showpiece race of the year and I love the romance of the race, so many people, jockeys, trainers and owners looking to make a piece of Grand National history – and what romantic dreams has the race realised over the years, from three-time winner Red Rum, to cancer beating jockey Bob Champion winning the race on Aldaniti (all the more special since the horse had recovered from serious illness as well as the jockey). But for every romantic denouement, there’s always the tragic antithesis and again in this year’s race we’ve seen the demise of two more horses – including Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Sychronized – who ironically enough would probably still be here had he bolted a little bit further just prior to the start of the race.

Anyway, the point of the blog. Is it time to call time on this perilous race and the racing industry or is the demise of horses an acceptable hazard of horse racing? After all, it is an industry which creates jobs and work for a lot of people and what would we do with all the redundant thoroughbreds if there wasn’t a racing industry, start riding them into battle again? What are your thoughts?