Warren defends controversial match-up
Frank Warren has defended the staging of a summer fight between British heavyweights Dereck Chisora against David Haye.
Chisora was stripped of his boxing licence by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBOC) after he slapped Vitali Klitschko before their February fight and brawled with Haye in a post-bout press conference.
The BBBOC's decision to put back an appeal by Chisora until July means he and Haye will fight under a licence 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, who promotes Chisora, 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 licenced by the governing body in Luxembourg, which has the same standards as the British Boxing Board of Control."
The pair's brawl led to condemnation from the boxing fraternity and critics have argued neither fighter should benefit from the shameful scenes in Germany in a fight to be staged at West Ham's Upton Park stadium.
Warren said: "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."