By Mark Whalley
Dereck Chisora has been granted a new licence from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) Frank Warren has announced today and will box on April 20th.
Chisora had his licence stripped following a brawl with David Haye after his unsuccessful world title challenge against Vitali Klitschko back in February last year.
He disgraced himself and British boxing with his conduct throughout the fight weekend including slapping Vitali at the weigh-in.
He also spat water into the face of Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali’s brother, seconds before the fight itself before clashing with Haye at the post-fight press conference.
As part of the melee, Chisora threatened several times to shoot Haye, as well as bizarrely promising to “physically burn him”.
Haye and Chisora settled their differences in the ring in July last year, in a bout that had to be sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.
The loophole arrangement succeeded in getting Chisora legally back into the squared circle on British soil, but it could not stop him from being knocked out in the fifth round.
Since then, both Chisora and Warren have made cases to suggest that the Finchley fighter has been rehabilitated.
It seems as though the BBBoC has finally agreed and sanctioned his application for a new licence.
The news will come as a boost to Warren, who has had a turbulent time recently, losing two high profile fighters.
It will also bolster April 20th fight-card that was looking decidedly bare, with the exception of a world title defence from Caerphilly’s WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly.
Moreover, it gives Haye hope that he would be granted a licence to fight again, although he remains adamant that he will only re-apply for one if Vitali Klitschko agrees to be his opponent.