Saturday 20 January 2018

Mark Staniford: The reputation of boxing is on the canvas and about to be counted out

WHEN David Haye finally gets in a ring with Derick Chisora - because rest assured that one day, as sure as the clang of the timekeeper's bell, he will - the fight's promoters will waste no time smearing their snouts in the publicity trough.

They will stage separate press conferences and split-screen weigh-ins. They will employ unprecedented numbers of ringside security. They will speak with straight faces of the need to uphold boxing's glowing, wholesome image.

And the saddest part of the whole charade will not be that two men at the centre of Saturday night's uproar will stand to benefit financially.

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