By Terence Dooley
The controversy revolving around David Haye's heavyweight clash with Dereck Chisora at Upton Park on July 14th shows no sign of dissipating with the boxing world's governing bodies split over the contest despite its massive revenue potential. Indeed, sources have confirmed to BoxingScene.com that this potential income stream will help generate a huge 3.5 million purse for Haye.
The WBA and WBO put their seal of approval on the fight by placing their Intercontinental and International heavyweight titles on the line for the British grudge match, while President Jose Sulaiman of the WBC has heavily criticized the bout.
However, the IBF is not being critical of the fight and the sanctioning body has confirmed to BoxingScene.com that they will continue to work with the BBBoC and Luxembourg Boxing Federation in the future, and that the dispute between the two bodies will not impact on the IBF's relationship with either boxing board.
The fight itself has captured the imagination of the general public - 17,000 tickets flew out within a few hours of going on sale. There has been a lot of interest among casual sports fans. Many of whom are likely to be tempted by the bout's fiery edge following the widely publicized Munich punch up between the two boxers following Chisora's wide decision defeat to WBC boss Vitali Klitschko.
Haye escaped censure from the BBBoC for his part in that infamous press conference brawl due to the fact that he had retired. Chisora was given an indefinite suspension and told he could apply for a boxing licence elsewhere. Frank Warren, who manages Chisora yet is not promoting this bout, that honor falls to Hayemaker and Sauerland Events, took "Del Boy" to the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. The LBF rubberstamped a licence for the Londoner, and helped create this contest, despite a storm of protest, and threats of withdrawn British licences for all involved on the night, from the BBBoC.
Haye, 25-2 (23), is set to earn a cool £3.5 million (to be paid upfront) for his night's work; the 31-year-old former WBA titlist insists that he has the general public on his side. Chisora, 28, hopes to net a W over his London rival and move on to world title contention. The 15-3 (9) contender earned plaudits for his brave effort against Vitali Klitschko in Munich in February only to blot his copybook due to his pre and post-fight actions.
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