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Retired David Haye to fight suspended Chisora, reports say

AFP, LONDON

Boxer David Haye, right, punches Dereck Chisora during a news conference in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 18.

Photo: Reuters

Disgraced British heavyweight Dereck Chisora and former WBA champion David Haye could be set to settle their differences in the ring, reports suggested on Friday.

The British heavyweights clashed violently in Munich in February at a press conference following Chisora’s loss to Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko.

The incident led to the British Boxing Board of Control withdrawing Chisora’s license “indefinitely.”

He has launched an appeal against that decision, and despite Haye being technically retired, quotes attributed to Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren, suggest the pair could settle their argument in the ring.

“It’s a natural fight, it doesn’t matter what anyone says,” Warren reportedly said in quotes carried by a number of Web sites. “It’s a bigger fight than either of them fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. There’s a lot for them to fight about — in a proper environment. I do see the fight happening. It’s the proper forum for them to settle their differences.”

The prospect of a showdown has also gained momentum after Warren extended an invitation to the media to attend a press conference at West Ham’s Upton Park ground on Tuesday.

Chisora himself has revealed his desire to return to the ring, with his appeal against his suspension set to be heard on May 14.

And, in an interview with ITV London Friday, the 28-year-old refused to rule out meeting former WBA champion Haye.

“I’m not banned — I’m not fit enough to hold a licence. Banned means you’ve been banned, but when you’re not fit enough that means you’re not fit,” he said. “I’m a boxer, I’m a fighter. I love fighting. Someone takes something you love, how are you gonna survive and progress in your life? I wanna fight again.”

When asked if he wanted to fight Haye in particular, he said: “I want to fight everybody.”

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