Former WBA heavyweight champion and linear world cruiserweight champion David Haye takes on Dereck Chisora, once the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titlist, at Upton Park tonight to settle their differences once and for all.
The meeting follows on from February’s press conference brawl in Munich as the two Londoners bid to erase the memories of that chaotic evening by vying for supremacy in a twelve-round heavyweight attraction.
Haye, 25-2 (23), has vowed to take Chisora, 15-3 (9), apart and expose the gulf in class between the two in the process. Certainly, Haye has mixed in better company: he defeated Nikolay Valuev by majority decision to take the title, made a successful defence against John Ruiz, a ninth-round stoppage win, took Audley Harrison apart in three-rounds, and then dropped a wide decision defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in their July 2011 WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO unification bout.
Chisora’s fans, however, have pointed to Haye’s struggles with the hustling, bustling
Haye, 31, has justified his confidence by pointing to Chisora’s decision defeats to Tyson Fury, when the Finchley-based boxer lost his British and Commonwealth belts, Robert Helenius, a narrow defeat for the EBU belt, and Vitali Klitschko, who easily out-pointed th 28-year-old despite not looking at his best. Indeed, even those who think that Mormeck and Fragomeni bothered Haye by pressuring him would happily admit that the Bermondsey-born boxer came through rough patches before stopping them both.
then, has to hope that Haye’s recent inactivity will play a part, not to mention the chance that the former world titlist could lose his cool due to the mutual animosity between the and play into his opponent’s hands. This is unlikely, despite everything, Haye is usually focused and ready come the night and Chisora will have to be in the form of his life, plus have a storming start, if he is to fulfil his manager’s pre-fight prediction.