Former world heavyweight champion David Haye knocked out his British rival Dereck Chisora in the fifth round last night at Upton Park.
The fight had been arranged after the two brawled at a press conference in February. But both fighters said that the feud was now over. Haye now hopes to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Frank Warren has defended his decision to pit Dereck Chisora against David Haye in a heavyweight grudge match.
Warren, who manages Chisora, confirmed this morning the Londoner will face Haye in a fight to be staged at West Ham's Upton Park ground this summer.
Chisora was stripped of his boxing licence by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBOC) after he slapped Vitali Klitschko before their February fight and brawled with Haye in a press conference that followed the bout, which Warren's fighter lost.
Chisora appealed against the BBBOC's decision but that hearing has been put back to July and the fight has instead been licenced by the Luxembourg boxing association.
"The hearing was put back to July so Dereck will have effectively been out of the ring for six months and that equates, if he was a footballer, to being out of action for 24 matches. He has lost half of his purse in sanctions and costs since the Klitschko fight. He has no qualifications, the next thing for him to do would be to sign on.
It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is that the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead."
David Haye and Dereck Chisora will go head to head at Upton Park on July 14 in a fight sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, according to reports.
The British heavyweight fighters hit the headlines for their conduct at a press conference after Chisora's WBC heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in Munich on February 18.
Chisora slapped his opponent at the weigh-in and spat water at the Ukrainian's brother Wladimir just prior to the contest, before becoming embroiled in a brawl with Haye at the post-fight press conference.
Haye, meanwhile, relinquished his licence when he officially retired last October, three months after losing his WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg.
However, the grudge match looks set to go ahead after seemingly having been given the green light by the Luxembourg authorities.