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David Haye v Dereck Chisora: Neither should be allowed to fight – Jeff Powell

Haye and Chisora dragged boxing into the gutter in Munich, so why should they get the chance to cash in on their thuggery

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UPDATED:

00:13 GMT, 9 May 2012

The descent of superman has hit rock bottom. David Haye’s fall from world heavyweight champion to football hooligan was confirmed by the erection of a metal terrace railing between himself and fellow brawler Dereck Chisora on the Upton Park football pitch.

It kept the animals apart until a boxing ring is constructed at West Ham’s ground on July 14.

Haye and Chisora have sunk from competing for esteemed world titles to fighting for nothing. Nothing, that is, except money.

Warring factions: A steel fence keeps the David Haye camp (left) apart from Dereck Chisora and his team at a tense Upton Park on Tuesday

Warring factions: A steel fence keeps the David Haye camp (left) apart from Dereck Chisora and his team at a tense Upton Park on Tuesday

Haye, who proclaimed he would only come back out of retirement if he could seek redemption against one of the Klitschko brothers, hereby reveals his true motivation.

WHY LUXEMBOURGNeither David Haye nor Dereck Chisora holds a licence with the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) but the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (FLB) have provided licences instead. The European Union’s free trade laws allow the bout to be held in Britain.The FLB was founded in 1922, seven years before the BBBC. There are nine people on their committee and the headquarters is in Niederkorn. They preside over just 46 boxers — hardly a European boxing powerhouse.

Clearly, he is receiving a far heftier cheque than he might have collected if he could have lured Vitali Klitschko into the ring. Never mind honour, glory and world titles, let’s have a freak show.

The British Boxing Board of Control, who revoked Chisora’s licence following his and Haye’s thuggery in Munich, want no part of this so-called grudge match.

So the pair of them will exchange blows as puppets of a Mickey Mouse state in Europe.

The first time many of the older among us became aware of the Grand Duchy under whose aegis this monstrosity will take place was when we tuned in to Radio Luxembourg, the first pirate station to hit our airwaves.

But Luxembourg has a boxing federation and under EU regulations they can sanction a fight here, even one of which the British board vehemently disapprove.

Promoter Frank Warren is legally entitled to exploit that situation and his priority is to secure the financial future of his new BoxNation television channel, which is certain to harvest hundreds of thousands of 10-a-month subscribers because of this fight. The credibility of boxing, already seriously damaged by the disgraceful scenes in Germany, is another matter.

Have no doubt that millions will tune in to watch Chisora and Haye settle their violent dispute with gloves on.

What must worry all who love the sport is the undermining of authority and the example that will set to youngsters, a new generation of fighters included.

Out of retirement: Haye will get back in the ring having quit the sport to fight Chisora

Out of retirement: Haye will get back in the ring having quit the sport to fight Chisora

Boxing is under enough pressure, not least from the abolitionists, without the hard old game being exposed as unable to enforce discipline.

The ease with which Warren has been able to circumvent Chisora’s punishment — and the suspension time apparently awaiting Haye had he asked the British board to renew his lapsed licence — casts a shadow across the entire sport. It brings boxing close to anarchy.

The only consolation is that Warren has not resorted to an unlicensed show, like those in north London with which he had to fight his way into boxing before becoming Britain’s leading promoter.

Brawl: Derek Chisora had his boxing license withdrawn following the fight in the Munich press conference

Brawl: Derek Chisora had his boxing license withdrawn following the fight in the Munich press conference

However, he has exposed the difficulty of controlling his sport.

The WBC announced in the aftermath of Munich that they would not sanction Haye to fight the elder Klitschko for their world title — but whether they could have kept that promise under legal duress is questionable.

It has also proved impossible to co-ordinate unified action by the various national bodies around the world. Presumably, the Luxembourg federation are bank-rolling themselves in return for hoisting their flag of convenience over Upton Park.

In the short term the punters will be excited by the gratuitous violence which Haye and Chisora are threatening to inflict on each other on July 14.

The fight is on: Haye and Chisora will fight at Upton Park on July 14

The fight is on: Haye and Chisora will fight at Upton Park on July 14

On that dark night, the crowd will not be pondering comparisons between this tawdry spectacle in the East End and the filling of London with the Olympic spirit less than a fortnight later.

Ban these thugs

It will not be so easy that night to separate the West Ham United fans from their bitter rivals from Millwall, who Haye supports.

Deeply as Haye and Chisora despise each other, the most vicious fights may very well take place in the stands.

Projections of a 42,000 crowd raise the spectre of an occasion even uglier than this ill-conceived fight itself.

Munich madness: Chisora and Haye clash in Germany

Munich madness: Chisora and Haye clash in Germany

Boxing will be left to pick up the pieces while the public reflect on whether this pair of bruisers should be richly rewarded for behaving like rats in a gutter.

Haye’s speed and superior skills should ease him to victory over Chisora’s power and guts.

But even if they put up a great fight there is unlikely to be much of a future for either of them thereafter.

Not without a licence to brawl in their own country.

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 3: Title hopes suffer another blow despite late rally

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 3: Title hopes suffer another blow despite late rally

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UPDATED:

16:34 GMT, 31 March 2012

Manchester City dropped two potentially vital points in the Barclays Premier League title race despite a rousing late fightback against Sunderland.

Mario Balotelli's second goal of the afternoon and a powerful Aleksandar Kolarov strike inside the last five minutes at the Etihad Stadium earned City a draw but it was not enough to take them back top.

Sunderland had powered into a 3-1 lead with two goals from Sebastian Larsson and a fine header from Nicklas Bendtner.

Warring factions: Two-goal hero Mario Balotelli squabbles with Aleksandar Kolarov over the taking of a free-kick

Warring factions: Two-goal hero Mario Balotelli squabbles with Aleksandar Kolarov over the taking of a free-kick

MATCH FACTS

Man City: Hart, Richards (Johnson 46), Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, Milner (Pizarro 81), De Jong, Toure Yaya, Silva (Tevez 58), Balotelli, Dzeko. Subs not used: Pantilimon, Clichy, Barry, Zabaleta.

Booked: De Jong.

Scorer: Balotelli (pen) 43, Kolarov 86.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, Kilgallon (Kyrgiakos 81), Colback, Larsson, Gardner, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs not used: Westwood, Campbell, Richardson, Vaughan, Ji, Meyler.

Booked: Gardner.

Scorer: Larsson 31, 55, Bendtner 45.

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Attendance:

From that position, City would
ordinarily have been pleased with a draw – which preserved their
unbeaten home record – but arch-rivals Manchester United now have a huge
advantage and could go five points clear on Monday.

It was a fractious affair in which Balotelli appeared to argue with team-mate Carlos Tevez.
Problems appeared to be mounting for City before kick-off when, a day
after manager Roberto Mancini mysteriously refused to discuss top scorer
Sergio Aguero's ankle problem, Samir Nasri revealed he had been ruled
out by injury.

City at least had the reassurance of
captain Vincent Kompany back in their defence after four games out with a
calf injury but the hosts lacked bite and were pushed back from the
outset.

Micah Richards found himself in the
firing line early on as he blocked a powerful shot from James McClean
and then required treatment after Stephane Sessegnon beat him to create
another opportunity.

Sessegnon failed to make the most of that chance, opting not to pass to McClean to cut inside and Kolo Toure cleared.

Hammer blow: Sebastian Larsson beats Joe Hart for his second goal of the game

Hammer blow: Sebastian Larsson beat Joe Hart for his second goal of the game

The first signs of City unrest were
perhaps seen as Balotelli and Yaya Toure were involved in animated
discussions as play was stopped for Richards' injury.

Sunderland had another good chance to
go ahead as Sessegnon was twice involved in a sweeping move but Craig
Gardner's shot into the side netting.

City responded as Edin Dzeko tested
Simon Mignolet and Kompany scuffed a shot wide from the resulting corner
but Sunderland remained just as likely scorers.

Controversy: Sunderland players remonstrate with referee Phil Down after seeing a penalty awarded to Manchester City

Controversy: Sunderland players remonstrate with referee Phil Down after seeing a penalty awarded to Manchester City for a foul on Edin Dzeko

McClean turned on the edge of the
area to shoot narrowly wide and Bendtner then had an effort blocked
before the visitors deservedly went ahead on the half hour.

Larsson did the damage with a superb finish from the edge of the area, beating Joe Hart with a low shot into the bottom corner.

City tried to reply quickly and Yaya Toure won a free-kick on the edge of the area but Mignolet saved from Kolarov.

On top: Nicklas Bendtner is congratulated by Lee Cattermole after putting Sunderland 2-1 up

On top: Nicklas Bendtner is congratulated by Lee Cattermole after putting Sunderland 2-1 up

City got back into the game from the penalty spot after Phil Dowd controversially ruled that Gardner had upended Dzeko.

Sunderland were furious at the decision but Balotelli kept his cool to level.

An argument broke out between Dzeko
and Phil Bardsley when play was stopped following a clash of heads
between Richards and Colback.

Not now: Phil Dowd pushes Roberto Mancini away after the final whistle as the Italian complains

Not now: Phil Dowd pushes Roberto Mancini away after the final whistle as the Italian complains

Balotelli proved an unlikely
peacemaker and play eventually restarted, but City may have wished it
had not as Sunderland reclaimed the lead in first-half injury time.

Bendtner made no mistake as he planted a firm header past Hart from a Sessegnon cross.
City needed to respond but it was Sunderland who continued to force the pace in the early stages of the second half.

Yaya Toure, weary after a heavy
tackle, was beaten to the ball inside his own half as Sessegnon launched
the attack which led to Sunderland's third.

Parity restored: Kolarov lets fly to make it 3-3

Parity restored: Kolarov lets fly to make it 3-3

Bendtner raced into space down the
right and played a low ball into the box for Larsson, who timed his run
perfectly to slide in at the far post.

Mancini's response was to send on
Tevez for Silva and the hosts spurned a chance moments later as Kolo
Toure headed over from a corner.

City won a free-kick after Kolarov
went down on the edge of the area and frustrations boiled over as the
hosts could not decide who should take it.

Fightback: Balotelli levels just before half-time

Fightback: Balotelli levels just before half-time

Balotelli clearly wanted to be
involved and reacted unhappily when Tevez lined up behind the ball.
Kompany had to push the Italian away and in the end it was Kolarov who
took it, curling a shot wide.

Tevez had his first chance as City broke from deep but hit the side netting from the edge of the area.
Bendtner missed a fine chance to make it 4-1 when he fired over from the edge of the box and City finally stirred into life.

Balotelli reduced the arrears with a
fine goal, all of his own making, five minutes from time as he came in
from the left and ran across the edge of the box to beat Mignolet from
distance.

High riser: Bendtner puts Sunderland ahead

High riser: Bendtner puts Sunderland ahead

The hosts threw everything into
attack and were rewarded again as substitute David Pizarro rolled the
ball wide for Kolarov to smash home.

Despite some frantic late scenes, however, City could not claim a winner.

Frank Lampard won"t allow Andre Villas-Boas to force him out of Chelsea

EXCLUSIVE: Battle at the Bridge! Rebel Frank won't allow AVB to force him out

Chelsea outcast Frank Lampard will resist Andre Villas-Boas' attempts to force him out of the club because of a 1.5million loyalty bonus in his contract.

As the dressing room disharmony deepened, with defender Branislav Ivanovic calling for warring factions to unite behind manager Villas-Boas, Sportsmail can reveal details of Lampard's extravagant bonus.

The 33-year-old negotiated the payment – to be paid at the end of his deal in June 2013 – when he signed a 130,000-a-week contract in 2008.

Left out: Frank Lampard (centre) was benched at Napoli on Tuesday

Left out: Frank Lampard (centre) was benched at Napoli on Tuesday

Lampard was one of three high-profile players axed by Villas-Boas for the Champions League tie against Napoli, which Chelsea lost 3-1.

Ashley Cole and Michael Essien were also dropped in a move widely interpreted as exposing the players Villas-Boas has publicly admitted are 'not with him'.

Club owner Roman Abramovich resisted a quick firing after Tuesday's defeat in Naples but one source said he is 'not a happy man'.

Rafa Benitez has been sounded out as a possible temporary replacement.

Villas-Boas did not dispute reports of a
confrontation with Cole before the game in Italy, when the England left
back is alleged to have accused the manager of hindering the team with
his tactics.

More painful viewing Andre Villas-Boas was at the Etihad Stadium to watch Manchester City beat his former side Porto on Wednesday night

More painful viewing Andre Villas-Boas was at the Etihad Stadium to watch Manchester City beat his former side Porto on Wednesday night

Lampard also sought an explanation for his omission on Tuesday but Ivanovic issued a plea to his team-mates to put aside their differences with Villas-Boas and pull together to save their season.

'Everybody has to believe still and try to do the right things,' said the Serbian defender. 'This is more about Chelsea. That is more important than the relationship between managers and players.

'The manager who decides who plays is doing his job. We have to do our job. Everyone has to try to make this position better because we have a lot of things wrong. But this is Chelsea. We have to solve these things.

'For me, this is the hardest moment in my four years here. We didn't win a lot of games and the confidence is not in the best way. But it is only by working hard and trying to do things well, keep going and be positive.'

As for the manager, Ivanovic simply added: 'I can say he will stay.'

Lampard has been at Chelsea for over 10 years and is one of the highest paid and most respected players in the dressing room.

Chelsea accepted Lampard's bonus deal in the 2008 contract talks because he argued it would cost the club millions to replace him.

At the time, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wanted to take the midfielder to Inter Milan, but instead Lampard signed the most lucrative deal of his career.

The loyalty bonus was based on Lampard's long service and his existing deal, at the time worth 100,000 a week, was running down.

Lampard will pick up the bonus only if he sees out the five-year deal.

Rallying call: Branislav Ivanovic (right) has said AVB will stay on at Chelsea

Rallying call: Branislav Ivanovic (right) has said AVB will stay on at Chelsea

Villas-Boas claimed that Lampard's agent Steve Kutner has approached the club about an extension to his client's contract, but the Chelsea manager said he had not made a decision on the midfielder's future.

That surprised Lampard, despite his uneasy relationship with Villas-Boas and the fact that there has been little dialogue between the pair of late.

Villas-Boas originally scheduled training for his players at 11am on Wednesday, but he cancelled the session in what some players interpreted as an attempt to take the sting out of a volatile situation by allowing 24 hours for contemplation.

Instead, the players were given a day off after flying back from Naples through the night.

The manager travelled north to watch Manchester City, who play Chelsea next month.