94% of EBU voters chose to expel Luxembourg

The European Boxing Union today released a statement reporting on the voting process conducted in Liege at the weekend relating to a proposal received from two federations to expel the Federation Luxembourgeoise de Boxe if they carry out their intention to sanction Dereck Chisora v David Haye as "they are not promoting boxing".

The statement reads in full:
Before the opening of the General Assembly the president asked the 30 countries attending the meeting to consent, according to point 13-3 of the statutes, to add the following point on the agenda requesting a voting:
• The Board of Directors received a proposition from the Swiss Boxing Federation (SBF) and the German Boxing Federation (BDB) to expulse the Federation Luxembourgeoise de Boxe (FLB) if they sanction the Haye-Chisora fight based on the fact that by doing so they are not promoting boxing.
Before the voting, 2 representatives from the FLB, 2 representatives from the BBBofC and 1 from de SBF received 3 minutes each to explain their position and another minute to answer.
According to our statutes, all voters received the necessary voting papers for the secret voting and 3 persons where appointed to count the votes.
Result: The maximum of votes is 241
The 2/3 of the necessary votes is 160.6
In favour: 226
Against: 14
Abstention: 1
Seeing the result, the proposition has been accepted by an overwhelming majority.


Derry Mathews

It can be rather strenuous watching a Derry Mathews fight. Like a penalty shootout in football, a Mathew’s fight squeezes enough drama, tension, and unpredictability into a short duration so his popularity and fight frequency is rightfully high. Next up for the Liverpool veteran is another chance at domestic glory as Walsall’s Martin Gethin put his Lonsdale lightweight belt on the line at the Liverpool Olympia on May 10th.

Fight Reports

Brentwood’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender (6-1) got back on track with a close points win over Peckham’s Diego Burton (4-4-1) over ten rounds at the York Hall on Saturday. It was a belter of a fight on a slightly smaller than usual Goodwin bill, partly due to 'Flash' Ashley Sexton not making weight again (more on this later) and 'Big Dog' AJ Carter’s opponent, who reportedly turned up with Evo-Stick holding his mooey in place.