Warren defends Chisora-Haye showdown

Frank Warren has defended his decision to pit Dereck Chisora against David Haye in a heavyweight grudge match.

Warren, who manages Chisora, confirmed on Tuesday morning that the Londoner will face Haye in a fight which is "legal, lawful and will go ahead" at West Ham's Upton Park ground this summer.

Chisora was stripped of his boxing licence by the British Boxing Board of Control after he slapped Vitali Klitschko before their February fight and brawled with Haye in a press conference that followed the bout. He appealed against the BBBOC's decision but that hearing has been put back to July and the fight has instead been licensed by the Luxembourg boxing association.

"The hearing was put back to July so Dereck will have effectively been out of the ring for six months and that equates, if he was a footballer, to being out of action for 24 matches," Warren told BBC Radio Five Live.

"He has lost half of his purse in sanctions and costs since the Klitschko fight.

"He has no qualifications, the next thing for him to do would be to sign on.

"He is not banned from boxing. The fight has been licensed by the governing body in Luxembourg, which has the same standards as the British Boxing Board of Control.

"It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is that the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead."

A press conference has been called for 12.30pm on Tuesday at West Ham's stadium, in east London, with reports claiming the fight will take place on July 14.

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