You're taking the Mickey! Haye camp reject OAP Vann as ref for Chisora grudge fight
10:45 GMT, 3 July 2012
David Haye has ordered Frank Warren to find another referee for his grudge fight with Dereck Chisora after refusing to accept Mickey Vann as the July 14 official.
Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth said he'd be a 'plonker' if he agreed to the featherweight 68-year-old taking control of the heavyweight showdown at Upton Park.
Booth believes the bout requires a strong referee after promising the clash between the two enemies will be 'wild'.
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'There’s no way I am allowing Mickey Vann to be the referee,' Booth told The Sun.
'Frank Warren knows full well I will kick and scream like a petulant child on this matter.
'The fact that the Luxembourg Boxing Federation would nominate a 68-year-old featherweight to be in charge of a bout between two aggressive heavyweights, with a known grudge, in a fight that is certain to get physical and ugly, beggars belief.
'If this was only Fools and Horses, Del Boy would be calling me a plonker if I did not advise David of the long history between Vann and Warren.
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'Make no mistake this fight is going to be wild. And we need to be 100 per cent confident of the third man in the ring.'
Haye pointed towards Chisora's antics in Munich in February when his rival slapped opponent Wladimir Klitscko at the weigh-up, spat at his brother Wladimir before the fight and then scrapped with his British foe at the post-match press conference.
'I have always been a model pro in the ring but he hasn’t. We need a strong ref,' said Haye.
Promoter Warren, however, has backed Vann's appointment by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation but conceded both sides must be happy first.
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He said: 'I have every faith in Mickey but the other camp has to agree.'
No-nonsense Vann, who took charge of Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno back in 1993, has been the third man in ring for more world title fights than any other British official.
He was forced to retire from officiating British Boxing Board of Control sanctioned fights at the end of 2008 due to the commission's policy of refs being no older than 65.
Vann, however, has continued to arbitrate bouts on the international scene.