Saturday 16 December 2017

Boxing: Haye bet claim to be probed

Boxing: David Haye could still face disciplinary action from British boxing authorities despite denying he had gambled on himself to beat Audley Harrison in the third round of Saturday's WBA heavyweight title contest.

Immediately after Saturday's one-sided fight was stopped in the third, Haye claimed at ringside that he and his family had bet on his prediction -- a boast he retracted yesterday.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC), which also confirmed yesterday that they were considering withholding part of Harrison's estimated £1m purse, said they would meet to discuss Haye's comments.

"He has come out and denied what he said and I accept he said that, but we will have a board meeting and discuss what we are going to do but we will take our time," BBBC general secretary Robert Smith said. "We have a strict regulation that doesn't allow betting."

Meanwhile, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has offered to split the difference with Haye in a renewed bid to make their much-anticipated world heavyweight title unification match a reality.

Klitschko has insisted he will accept a "50-50" purse split and would be happy to fight in England.

Irish Independent

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