Warren wants clarity over fight
Frank Warren has written to boxing bosses seeking clarity over any possible consequences of his role in the Dereck Chisora v David Haye fight.
The British Boxing Board of Control have claimed that any licence holder involved in the bout - including the promoter, managers, seconds and other fighters - will be deemed to have broken the terms of their membership and be immediately stripped of it.
Their stance is because of the controversial background to the July 14 fight.
Chisora lost his licence following an out-of-the-ring brawl with Haye in Munich in February, and with Haye technically retired and without a licence, both men went to the Luxembourg Boxing Federation to be sanctioned to fight.
As Chisora's manager, Warren would fall into the category of those who could be punished by the BBBofC, so he has contacted their general secretary, Robert Smith, to challenge their stance.
He has offered a number of reasons why he believes the validity of the fight or his role in it should not be called into question, and in his letter says: "I require written confirmation that you will not seek to take away my licence if I remain Dereck Chisora's manager."
He goes on to add: "I write to make two complaints.
"The first is there are no substantive grounds to revoke my licence and the second is that you have not properly complied with any procedural requirements.
"Under rule 4.12 of your own Rules and Regulations, as a licence holder I can participate (a) in or be at a promotion which is licensed by the BBBofC; or (b) in or at a Promotion organised by a Federation, Commission, Association or Controlling Authority affiliated to, or recognised by the BBBofC.
"The Federation Luxembourgoise De Boxe is a Federation affiliated to and recognised by the Board. Both are affiliated to the EBU (European Boxing Union). As that Federation is sanctioning the Haye v Chisora fight, my participation is not a breach of your rules."
Warren goes on to list a number of reasons why the fight will not be bringing boxing into disrepute, including:
:: "It cannot be because the fight is unlicensed, because it is licensed by a Federation older than the Board, affiliated to the EBU and which has the same medical provisions, testing, safety provisions and insurance as the Board.
:: "It cannot be because David Haye is fighting and is not licensed by the Board. If this were the case, you would object to almost every fight taking place overseas. Indeed, I note that the Board has not complained that the WBA is bringing the sport into disrepute, despite that organisation licensing (Floyd) Mayweather's fight even though he has a conviction for domestic violence.
:: "It cannot be because Dereck Chisora is not licensed by the Board, for the reasons above. Also, if the Board did consider that Mr Chisora should not fight again, it would have banned him for life. Instead it withdrew his licence but invited him to apply for a licence with the Board or with another sanctioning body when he wished to do so."
Warren went on to say: "My concern is that by issuing the threat contained in your press release, you are trying to stop me from being involved in a legitimate and lawful fight governed by another Federation and to interfere with my freedom to work and to earn a living."
Chisora's appeal against the stripping of his licence will be heard in July. He will have been out of the ring for six months since his points defeat to Vitali Klitschko in February.
Haye has not fought since his loss to Wladimir Klitschko last July. He retired in October and had initially said he would only return to the ring to fight one of the Ukrainian brothers.
But his press conference fight with Chisora following the latter's defeat to Vitali Klitschko, which saw punches thrown and a tripod wielded, sparked a new rivalry that has lured the 31-year-old back into the ring.
Ticket sales in the region of 20,000 have already been reported for Haye v Chisora.