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Dereck Chisora: “If Haye comes out with an excuse, saying any excuse, I will run over there and I will physically fight him—I will choke him to death this bastard!“

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs) who is scheduled to face David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) on July 14. Chisora spoke about his upcoming fight with Haye and also discussed their high profile brawl. He also shared opinions on various aspects of the current boxing landscape including Floyd Mayweather’s recent victory against Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming match with Timothy Bradley, the highly anticipated showdown between Carl Froch and Lucian Bute, and more! Here is what Chisora had to say:

His views on the fact that I fight between him and David Haye is now a reality following their high profile brawl at the Klitschko-Chisora post-fight press conference:

“We knew it was going to come together the moment I left Munich. You know this was no staged thing. I don’t like David Haye, and when I saw him there I was very annoyed with him. Then he started things and swung the first punch, and he was so happy about the first punch which is fine. After everything that happened I came back and said, ‘Frank, make it happen!’ And then the board told me I wasn’t fit enough to carry a license. So we went somewhere else.”

Regarding when he first started disliking Haye:

“My first fight which I had with the younger Klitschko. He got involved in that one and that’s why the younger brother decided not to fight me.”

On how he views Haye’s skill set as a fighter:

“I don’t like that guy. You know people in Great Britain don’t love him. You know he says he’s from a part of London called South London, because in London we go South, West, North. I’m from North, he’s from South, and guys in South London don’t like him. Even in East London they don’t like him, because he’s a fraud.”

On how he intends to go about fighting Haye inside the ring:

“Great fight! I know what kind of threats he holds. I know exactly what he lacks on. David Haye, he don’t like running.”

His views on Haye coming out of retirement to fight him and whether he ever believed Haye was really retired in the first place:

“Never listen to anyone when they say they retire. You know it’s just another way for a boxer to say after he lost I’m retiring for him to get more money when he comes back. Tell me a fighter that said he retired and physically went on and retired and never came back. Maybe a few fighters like Lennox Lewis, because they had the money, and they did offer Lennox Lewis so much money to come back and fight, but he said no. You know Floyd Mayweather said the same thing. He’s retired. Then he realized Jesus Christ! It’s glamorous to be boxing, which rich people want. People don’t retire from boxing.”

His evaluation of his losing effort last time out against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko:

“Inexperience beat me. I think if I had more experience I would have taken that guy out. Experience beat me.”

Regarding whether he had any regrets about anything than he did in the buildup or aftermath of his match against Vitali:

“Oh yeah. It was a regretful thing to say I want to shoot David Haye because I never wanted to kill anybody. I’ve never killed anybody, I never owned a gun before, and I never will unless maybe we went to f*cking war. Yeah. I definitely would buy one. But in London they don’t really promote guns anyway, so that was actually a bad move when I started saying that because I was very upset with that guy.”

Regarding his previous claim at the press conference that Haye once pulled a knife on him:

“Yeah. He did pull a knife on me, but you know I would never cry over that and say oh he pulled a knife on me. I’m never going to use that card. Until I fight him I’m not going to talk much. I’m just going to answer the right questions and I’m going to knock that guy out.”

On the fact he was sucker punched by Haye with a bare knuckle and a bottle after having a twelve right round championship fight against Vitali Klitschko:

“To be honest I didn’t go down. The only reason why I tripped over is because when he hit me, somebody, one of my people pushed me and was like coming forward as well, so that’s why I went down. I got tripped when I was going down. But he’s saying he knocked me out, which is very, very shocking.”

His recollection of events that took place which lead to the Haye sucker punch:

“I saw the guy. I heard his voice and his breath smelled. I walked over and told him to be quiet. He took a cheap shot and then I was on the floor, he picked up a weapon, a bottle, and stuff like that. But you know what? It’s past now. I don’t really care no more, so I’ll just move on.”

On whether he has ever gone into another fight where he held this type of animosity towards his opponent:

“No.”

On what he believes a victory over Haye will do for his career at this point:

“Nothing. David is a cruiserweight. People will call me a bully.”

If he beats Haye, on whether he would be more interested in having a rematch with Vitali or face Wladimir Klitschko who previously pulled out of two scheduled fights with Chisora:

“Me and Vitali got some unfinished business. Vitali can’t knock nothing out. He can’t fight! He don’t want to fight no more. We have some unfinished business, me and Vitali.”

On what he would do differently in a rematch with Vitali:

“Oh! This time I would be fighting from round one with pressure. I won’t even give him no space. I’ll be all over him!”

His views on his controversial loss against Robert Helenius:

“What Americans need to understand, yeah these European fighters in London, Europe, and all over the world—they don’t know how to fight! They’ll look at a record and say oh my God! This guy has knocked out about ten people. He hasn’t knocked anybody out. It’s all people they picked up from the street. You know they wash them up and say, ‘We’re going to pay you 10,000 Euros. You’re going to come in and you’re going to get knocked out’. That’s how they operate in Europe to build up fighters and say, ‘Oh! My fighter has 25 knockouts. Oh! He’s the best. We’re going to get him on the top rankings’. But all in all these fighters don’t know how to fight. It’s the same thing with David Price in London. You know. It’s the same thing with Tyson Fury. They give them so, so easy opponents that even yourself could knock them out. You know. So when you see these people’s records and you say oh my God! They’re on the world level. No! They’re not on the world level. Those fighters don’t like fighting. I’ll tell you this now, they hate fighting. I know what fighters are out there who don’t even want to be boxers, but they just have to be boxers because it is something which is like, you have to be a boxer. And they’re like oh my goodness! I have to be, but I don’t want to be.”

His views on the upcoming fight on May 26 between Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch and Lucian Bute:

“First of all if Bute comes in and boxes Carl Froch he’ll win it. If he tries to outgun Carl Froch he’s going to get outgunned, because Carl Froch depends on power. Every shot Carl Froch throws is about power in it. If he starts missing the same way when he got schooled by—what was the last fight he lost? Andre Ward. Yeah. You see the thing with Ward is Ward used Carl Froch’s strengths against himself. Every time Carl Froch walked in Ward would hit him. The best shot Ward had was the left hook. That was just connecting on Carl Froch all night long. I think Bute needs to just box him. That’s it, and well Carl Froch needs to knock him out. It will be a great fight, but it won’t be a fight where everyone is going to like drop what they’re doing to go watch that fight. I don’t think so. People will just flip through and say, ‘Wow. There’s a fight on. Let’s watch it’. I’ll tell you what forward I’m looking forward to watch. Manny Pacquiao. I think Manny Pacquiao might lose that one there.”

On why he feels Manny Pacquiao might lose to Timothy Bradley on June 9:

“Well I think that boy lost his last fight because his head wasn’t right, and this time Bradley’s going to come and he’s definitely hurt Manny Pacquiao. And Manny don’t really like to fight no more. He’s just in it for the sake of being in it. He don’t want it no more.”

His views on whether he has better heavyweight credentials than Haye:

“Listen. Anyone can beat Audley Harrison. A drunk Irishman beat Audley Harrison. (*dogs begin barking in background). Sorry! I have a kennel of dogs here. I have about eight dogs. Sorry. Sorry. They are nuts. And guess what? They are all Chihuahuas. My wife is killing me with bloody Chihuahuas, I’m telling you that now. Anyway, so you know Martin Rogan fought and beat Audley Harrison. What was the other heavyweight he boxed? Valuev? Anyone can beat Valuev! He beat Valuev and he could run away. Who’s the other one? John Ruiz. John Ruiz didn’t have nothing. John Ruiz is nothing! Anyone could fight John Ruiz and knock him out. Even Floyd Mayweather could knock John Ruiz out. And who’s the other fighters? That’s it! You know sometimes I do respect David. You know fair play to him! He started talking, he got some fights, and he got some paydays. That’s it! I’ll give him a shout for that, but you know what? He’s never fought a real heavyweight and when he fought Klitschko he was running away.”

His views on Haye as a self promoter:

“That boy can talk himself into being—that boy, if he wanted to be the King, he can talk himself into the House of Parliament and then be King to be honest with you, because he’s got a big mouth. I thought Floyd Mayweather was worse, but he’s worse.”

His views on Floyd Mayweather’s victory against Miguel Cotto:

“See the thing is, Floyd talks and he delivers! David Haye’s all talk and then after he brings his toe out. Floyd didn’t bring no toe out! You know he caught some punches. Yeah, but at least now we know he can take a shot. You know if I heard Floyd and David Haye, I know Floyd would deliver. But David Haye is like, for the press conference we had he was all talking and running his mouth. But it don’t matter though.”

Regarding how he would react in the event he beats Haye and David makes an excuse after the fight:

“ I’ll tell you this now! If he comes out with an excuse when I’m in the ring there’s going to be another fight. I’m just telling you this now! If Haye comes out with an excuse, saying any excuse, I will run over there and I will physically fight him—I will choke him to death this bastard! I don’t like him. You don’t understand.”

His official prediction for his upcoming bout against David Haye:

“I ain’t got a clue! I’m going to take him into the eleventh round, and then I might knock him out in the twelfth round. I’m going to give him some pain.”

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Article posted on 12.05.2012



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