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David Haye re-applies for British boxing licence

David Haye has re-applied for his boxing licence with the British Boxing Board and “subject to medical checks” is expected to be granted it.

Haye handed back his Luxembourg Boxing Federation licence last September, after his July fight with Dereck Chisora, as the former WBA heavyweight champion eyes a money-spinning heavyweight title showdown with long-term rival Vitali Klitschko in 2013.

Klitschko, 41, who has entered into Ukrainian politics, is yet to make his mind up about returning to the ring.

Robert Smith, secretary of the British Boxing Board, has revealed that it should be a formality for Haye, though he may face an interview with the Board stewards.

Smith also welcomed “the competition” which will be created with Golden Boy Promotions, the LA-based company run by Oscar De La Hoya, applying for its UK promoters licence.

Golden Boy intend to run four shows a year in the UK, according to its CEO Richard Shaefer, who has been in London this week having had a meeting with Smith and chairman Charlie Giles.

Golden Boy unveiled the signing of Olympic middleweight bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo on Wednesday, with the understanding that they are looking to sign more British fighters. Ogogo has signed a five-year deal.

“Golden Boy will need a UK office, and a representative based here,” said Smith. “But they are, of course, a leading promoter, and we do not foresee any great issues with them completing the application.”

Ogogo is likely to make his debut on the undercard of Amir Khan’s next contest, with planning underway for it to take place in the UK on April 20. Khan, also promoted by Golden Boy, took part in the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations on Wednesday, but headed to New York on Thursday to spend time with his fiancée.

Khan will marry before Ramadan, and will then fight again in November, his father Shah Khan revealed to The Daily Telegraph.

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