Warren wants Coe as boxing chief

  • Last Updated: July 16 2012, 14:58 BST

Promoter Frank Warren has called for Lord Coe to be appointed as the new president and chairman of the British Boxing Board of Control.

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Warren is unhappy with how the BBBofC is being run under Charles Giles and would like to see London 2012 chairman Coe, a former steward with the organisation, step in.

The BBBofC refused to sanction Saturday's fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora after the brawl which erupted in Munich between the two fighters.

In an open letter in The Sun, Warren wrote: "I wish to put my annoyance - after 32 years as a licence holder - on record at the way boxing is run here.

"The current leadership is killing boxing and I, and other upset licence holders, want drastic changes so we can drag the Board of Control out of the dark ages.

"I am calling for Charlie Giles, the president and chairman, to be replaced.

"The outstanding candidate for the role is Lord Coe, a previous steward, who has done such a marvellous job organising the Olympics."

The BBBofC's stance over Saturday's fight, which was won by Haye, meant Warren went through the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (FLB) for licensing.

And he is pondering doing the same again when he promotes another high-profile fight, the WBO lightweight bout between belt-holder Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell, in September.

"I'm actually debating it," Warren told City AM. "I'm actually thinking about where to go with [Mitchell versus Burns].

"We did save money [using the FLB]. Their sanctioning fees are nowhere near [the same as the BBBofC's], and it opened my eyes.

"I thought 'wow, I've never thought about this side of it'. And the boxers also saved money as far as sanctioning fees are concerned, so it makes you wonder."

The BBBoC have so far refused to comment.