By James Slater - David Haye has been talking about his upcoming, July 14th fight with fellow disgraced Londoner Dereck Chisora. Many fans, and a number of prominent boxing experts, are up in arms over how this fight is even taking place in light of the infamous Munich brawl Haye and Chisora put on back in February (with Chisora being suspended indefinitely and Haye, a “retired” non-BBB of C licence carrying fighter escaping punishment).
Article posted on 14.05.2012
Yet the match-up is proving a hit with the fans, already shifting a reported 20,000 tickets. Fighting with the aid of a Luxemburg Boxing Federation licence, the two British heavies will settle their differences in the correct place at least. Watch this fight if you want. Don’t tune in if it stirs you up inside. It’s as simple as that, really.
But Haye is already talking about what he would like to do after he’s beaten Chisora; a man he constantly refers to as a “lunatic” and an “idiot.” Haye, who told us all he’d retire at age 31 and then stick to the safe side of the ropes, is now hoping a July win will lead to a shot at WBC king Vitali Klitschko.
“I’ll take on Dereck and see what the landscape is,” Haye told Gareth A Davies of The Telegraph. “Yes, I’d like to meet Vitali after that. All I’m going to do now is focus on this idiot and get him out of there.”
Haye told The Telegraph that Chisora has practically been stalking him for some time now, following him and looking for him in bars, nightclubs and even restaurants. Chisora spoke on ESB’s radio show recently, and said on air that he would “choke” Haye if he tried to weasel out of the July bout. Haye, meanwhile, is accused by Chisora of “pulling a knife” on him in a London restaurant.
“I don’t know that’s wrong with the guy, he talks the most random crap,” Haye said of his rival. “He’s got a screw loose.”
Chisora spoke primarily about the fight and what he plans to do come fight night.
“If I lose this I will go down the drain,” he said. “We know he’s not fit and doesn’t run. He was puffing out against John Ruiz. You tag him on the chin and he’s going to sit down. I can knock the sucker out. He’ll be breathing out of his a*** by round four.”
Despite all the negative elements attached to this fight, and of it even taking place, with both men being rewarded with a big payday despite what went down in Munich, Haye-Chisora is a genuinely tough fight to call. A 50-50-looking fight, always the sign of a great match-up, this one could go either way. Haye is the faster of the two, with more power, yet Chisora is in possession of a proven chin, great stamina and he has been slightly more active.
I feel Haye’s speed and class will allow him to pull out a close, maybe even controversial (not more, please!) points win. If I’m right, and if Haye is then awarded a shot at the WBC crown, the critics who are already in a lather over the July fight will really go into overdrive!