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Warren threatens legal action against British board

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Dereck Chisora, who is managed by Frank Warren, is without a British boxing licence © PA Photos
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Frank Warren has given the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) until Wednesday to clarify their position over the David Haye v Dereck Chisora fight, or risk legal proceedings.

The Haye v Chisora grudge match will take place at Upton Park on July 14, but neither possesses a British licence. Chisora's was taken away earlier this year because of his actions before and after a bout with Vitali Klitschko in February, while Haye handed his in when he 'retired' last October.

The bout is being sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation - a state of affairs that has angered the BBBoC, which has said that anyone involved with Haye v Chisora will be deemed to have given up their British licence.

"My concern," Warren said in a letter to the board, "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 earn a living.

"I am worried that you have taken this decision not because you are really concerned about the fight … but because you are fearful that you will lose your monopoly in the UK."

Warren demanded the board informs him before Wednesday that "you will not seek to take away my licence if I remain Dereck Chisora's manager".

He said: "If I do not receive your confirmation then you will receive a formal complaint from my solicitors followed by proceedings (including injunctive relief should they consider it necessary and appropriate). There may well be issues of costs and damages associated with your actions and I put you on notice that I will be seeking these also if so advised."

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