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.
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?