47-year-old passed away on Tuesday

The boxing world has expressed its shock and sadness at the death of Dean Powell.

Powell, who died aged 47 on Tuesday, had been in the sport for 25 years, as trainer, cornerman and matchmaker. His death is not believed to be suspicious.

“All of us are deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of our very close friend and colleague, Dean Powell,” read a statement from Frank Warren promotions, who he most recently worked for.

“Dean was a valued and popular member of our team and within the sport of boxing.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones for their tragic loss.”

British boxers past and present, many of whom worked with Powell, have paid tribute.

Amir Khan

Sorry to hear the loss of Dean Powell. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was close to team khan and trained me for 2 fights. You will be missed.

Ricky Burns

Cant believe what I heard bout @DeanPowell66 was speaking 2 him yesterday.some great nites with him in my corner. Thoughts r with his family

Lennox Lewis

RIP Dean Powell! #GoneTooSoon

Joe Calzaghe

Shocked and saddened to hear the news of Dean Powell. Was in my corner for many of my big fights. RIP Dean x

Ricky Hatton

Just found out the tragic news that Dean Powell sadly passed away. My thoughts are with his family.a great man & boxing will miss him.

Billy Joe Saunders

Sad times for the boxing world lost a true Professional and hard working man in @DeanPowell66 will be missed #rip x

Anthony Ogogo

Shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Dean Powell. Boxing has lost a great guy. RIP my friend.

Dereck Chisora

Rest in peace Dean Boxing will miss you

James DeGale

Shocked and devastated to hear about the passing of Dean Powell. A sad loss to British boxing. RIP x


David Haye has made a successful comeback to ring, knocking out Dereck Chisora in the fifth round. With a solid left hand, Haye knocked down Chisora for the first time in the fifth round. Although Chisora got up before the count, he was obviously still hurt. While trying to clinch, Chisora was rocked once again by a Haye right hand, and went down. Once Chisora got up before the count, referee Luis Pabon stopped the bout.

Nothing is really going on with the WBO with this. We are not asked to Sanction the contest.

After a match in Germany with Chisora and Klitschko, Chisora and Haye had a confrontation, an ugly disturbance actually. They were suspended by the Local Commission and Chisora’s boxing licenses was suspended by the BBBofC. They were suspended from WBO Participation under our Rules.

The Promoter of Chisora and Haye applied to the BBBofC to fight each other, not a WBO fight. The BBBofC denied them a license, so they applied to the Luxenburg Commission which granted the license and agreed to have the fight in England. Under EU Law, this is OK. The Austrian Commission, for instance. regularly sanctions matches in Germany.

The WBO was asked to lift our suspension of Chisora and Haye which we would ordinarily do. This is a dispute between Frank Warren and the BBBofC. We are not involved in the Haye Chisora fight in England. We have no reason to continue the WBO suspension. In fact, it was already too long. 45 to 60 days would have been maximum under the facts and circumstances.

The BBBofC objects to the fight in UK because Chisora is suspended and Haye is no longer licensed in the UK. The WBO believes in and supports the free market rights of WBO participants. Under the EU it appears this is Frank Warren’s right to do. The WBO, however, is not taking sides. This is not a WBO sanctioned fight. Our sole inquiry is whether the suspension of Haye and Chisora from WBO Participation should be lifted. I think clearly it should be.

Whether they may or should fight in UK on a Luxenburg license is not our issue.

Even if it were a WBO fight, licensing is not within our jurisdiction. We are concerned only with Sanctioning. The WBO should never restrain trade for issues beyond our jurisdiction.

Under our Rules, we should have lifted it 30 days ago and would have if they asked then. This is the only aspect of the dispute we are involved in and we are restrained solely to application of our Rules and our precedent to their application to the reason for the suspension from WBO Participation.

World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, condemns Dereck Chisora’s recent actions inside and outside the ring. Valcárcel expressed himself strongly when indicating that “Chisora will not be classified (in the WBO), because he is a bad example for the youth. (Chisora) is not what we want for the fans of boxing”. Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs), originally of Zimbabwe and resident in the United Kingdom, has displayed awful behavior recently; striking Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko in the face during the weigh-in ceremony, spitting in the face of Wladimir Klitschko, and starting a brawl with the former heavyweight champion David Haye at the post-fight press conference. Also, Chisora is also facing problems with German authorities.


El presidente de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, condenó las recientes malas actuaciones del peso completo Dereck Chisora dentro y fuera del cuadrilátero.

Valcárcel se manifestó contundente en sus expresiones al indicar que “Chisora no será clasificado (en la OMB), ya que es un mal ejemplo para la juventud. (Chisora) No es lo que queremos para los fanáticos del boxeo”.

El púgil Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs), natural de Zimbabwe y residente en Reino Unido, no ha tenido las mejores actitudes en tiempo reciente, golpeando en la cara al ucraniano Vitali Klitschko antes de un combate reciente, escupiendo a éste también durante su combate hace varias semanas y protagonizando una trifulca con el ex monarca mundial David Haye en la conferencia de prensa después del choque ante Klitschko, además de confrontar problemas con la justicia en Alemania.