David Haye hands in Luxembourg boxing licence

Photo: Luc Muller

(CS/dpa/jot) British boxer David Haye has said that he has returned his Luxembourg boxing licence, prompting disappointment from the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

Speaking to the British press, Haye said that he had applied for the Luxembourg licence in order to be able to fight opponent Dereck Chisora, who had seen his British licence withdrawn.

Haye explained that he now no longer needs the Luxembourg licence. On the contrary, Haye intends to apply for a licence from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) in order to face world champion Vitali Klitschko. “I'm a British boxer,” Haye said speaking to the South London Press.

According to the BBC meanwhile, the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (FLB) had not been informed in advance by Haye of his decision.

Indeed, FLB President Pierre Back showed himself disappointed when asked for a comment by the Luxemburger Wort. “I hope he respects the agreement, which we reached with him for our licence,” he said.

Haye obtained the licence on June 20 in a move that prompted much controversy both in Luxembourg and abroad.