Boxing: Board call for McCall over Bruno threat

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Oliver McCall is to be called before the disciplinary committee of the British Board of Control after his vow to inflict serious damage on Frank Bruno.

The World Council heavyweight champion, who defends his title against Bruno at Wembley Stadium on 2 September, said at his initial news conference: "I will take him out and try to do what he done to my friend, it's as simple as that. That's how I feel."

McCall was referring to his close friend Gerald McClellan, who was seriously injured during his ill-fated WBC super-middleweight title bout with Nigel Benn at the London Arena five months ago.

The wave of adverse publicity has prompted the Board to act. But the vice-chairman, Leonard "Nipper" Read, is satisfied that there is "no ill feeling between the two''.

Yesterday at a meeting between Bruno and McCall at London's Imperial War Museum there were no hard feelings - on the surface at least - as Bruno offered to bet McCall his wristwatch on the outcome of the fight.