Promoter Eddie Hearn has been asked by the British Boxing Board of Control to keep Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora apart until fight night on December 10.
The bad blood between the pair of UK heavyweights had spilled over on more than one occasion already in the build-up, culminating in the abandonment of a recent TV taping of ‘The Gloves are Off’ for Sky Sports.
Ahead of fight week in a fortnight’s time, Hearn is hoping to at least be able to have a head-to-head at the weigh-in if not the final press conference, for the massive world title pay-per-view show at Manchester Arena.
“The board have requested that we do not have any further face-offs between Dillian and Dereck for safety reasons,” Hearn explained to Sky Sports.
“I have spoken to them and I do feel it’s important to have one for the fans’ build-up and am working on ways to come up with the correct security measures that will satisfy the board.”
The situation evokes memories of when Chisora fought David Haye in a grudge match back in 2012 when a safety fence was drafted in just so the pair could go through formalities at the pre-fight press conference.
Haye eventually ended the argument with a fifth round stoppage at West Ham United’s old Upton Park Stadium.
The winner of Whyte v Chisora will have the Lonsdale Belt in their possession and be in line to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder in 2017.