Dereck Chisora has blasted domestic heavyweight rival David Haye as being all about money.
British and Commonwelath champion Chisora (14-0 (kOs) has confirmed he will definitely fight Wladimir Klitschko on April 30 for the IBF, IBO, WBO and Ring Magazine titles, after their scheduled showdown on the 11th December was postponed with Klitschko pulling out three days prior with a torn abdominal muscle.
The news leaves WBA champion Haye’s future unclear. Chisora’s fellow Londoner has been in protracted negotiations with Klitschko over a unification bout and they had looked like meeting in April or May until Chisora’s announcement.
But Chisora claims WBA champion “Hayemaker” – who claims he will retire in the next 12 months – is more interested in how much he earns, rather than attempting to unify the division.
Chisora told talkSPORT: “David Haye doesn’t want to fight. He thinks he should get more money. The problem with David Haye is that he’s a model and he thinks he needs to get paid 12 million pounds a fight, you know, a million pounds a round but it doesn’t work like that.
“I don’t know what David Haye is playing at. Credit to him for winning the title but he needs to give us at least four more fights before he retires.
“If he wants to get the respect of us on the street, like Frank Bruno does, he has to give the public some good fights before we can say, ‘yeah he’s the original heavyweight’.”
However, Chisora, 27, admits he is not looking to have a British showdown with Haye in the near future.
“Haye is crying a lot saying ‘I wanted to fight him or him’ but he can wait. My goal right now is to make sure that fight will never happen – him and the Klitschko brothers,” said Chisora.
“In the boxing game I don’t get the respect I deserve. I’m the British champion, I hold one of the most expensive belts in the boxing game, the British title, but I don’t get the publicity I need.
“I’m commonwealth champion, unbeaten, but I don’t get the exposure I want. But it doesn’t matter. When I win the world title, we’ll see what happens.”