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Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:03

Heavyweights David and Dereck set to fight on the 14 July at Upton Park

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The unthinkable has been arranged and the Boxing world is set to witness probably the biggest grudge match in British history.

David Haye and Dereck Chisora are scheduled to fight each other in Upton Park on the 14th July, with the meeting being sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. From a sports betting perspective, Haye would be far superior and he is odds on favourite to win the match, even though he has been out the game since his retirement in October 2011.

For punters not familiar with this saga, the two guys were in brawl after Chrsora's defeat by Vitali Klitschko in Munich. The publicity before, during and after this Munich fight in February, has made both fighters infamous by their shameful behaviour which culminated in Dereck having his boxing license withdrawn and Haye withdrawing from the media spotlight. The British Boxing Board of Control has refused to sanction their fight as both fighters do not hold a British license. As a result Chisora, while waiting for his appeal in July, has applied and been granted a license by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

The fighters in question have brought shame to British boxing and their actions towards each other and to other fighters have been embarrassing and despicable. The Luxembourg license should have never happened, and in hindsight, The British Boxing Board of Control should have banned Dereck's license instead of suspending, and that would have meant all Boards would have had to support the decision.

However, from a media and public perspective, it is predicted to generate one of the biggest paydays in the history of British boxing, which would go a long way in proving 'there is no such thing as bad publicity'.