After controversial British boxer Dereck Chisora had his boxing license revoked following his unscheduled brawl with the then-retired David Haye earlier this year, it seemed as though a match-up between the two was unlikely to happen.
However, thanks to a bizarre loophole, Chisora has acquired a license from the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, the jurisdiction of which somehow allows Chisora and Haye to meet in the squared circle at West Ham's Upton Park on July 14th.
With the aforementioned brawl seen by many as a slap in the face to the storied history of British boxing, the meeting between the two heavyweights is being described by many fans as spectacle rather than a boxing match. Among the fight's detractors is current World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko, who has previously defeated Haye in the ring and felt the wrath of Chisora's childlike arrogance (photo below).
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Klitschko said: "It's a freak show with freak rules. To give a license to man who is a complete disgrace to the sport, and to the fans aswell.
"To get a license from Luxembourg… I'm not getting it. It's actually a slap in the face of the British Board of Boxing.
He continued: "I just don't understand how you can make such an event with a man who has [threatened David Haye's life] – it doesn't do well for the fans, for the sport… I just don't understand how the fight is happening on British soil. It's totally idiotic, actually.
"This is actually motivation for other boxer's like Chisora to just do whatever they want."
Meanwhile, both Haye and Chisora have been talking up the fight, with Haye claiming that he would deal his rival a "nice, slow, concussive beating" and Chisora saying: "David, come July I am coming to whoop your ass. our talk is cheap. You always talk but you don’t deliver in the ring.”