Things got pretty ugly during the post-fight press conference of Dereck Chisora’s Feb. 18 heavyweight title clash against Vitali Klitschko, when David Haye decided to inject himself into the conversation.
Moments earlier, Chisora lost a unanimous decision to the WBC heavyweight champion (Klitschko).
A few words from David Haye, and Dereck Chisora left the podium to confront him, leading to one of the ugliest brawls in boxing history. The infamous brawl prompted German authorities to question Chisora, while Haye swiftly left the country, escaping the long arm of the law.
Chisora ended up getting his license withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control for his part in the fiasco, but his handlers have found a way around that. He’ll now face Haye on July 14 at Upton Park in West Ham, London – a fight licensed by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.
“He is the ideal opponent for me,” Haye said during a May 8 press conference, with both men separated by a seven-foot chain fence. “I am so glad he has got a good chin because if he didn’t have a good chin he would be blasted out in first round. This means I will give him a nice, slow, concussive beating. I tried to knock him out in Munich and this is the opportunity to shut him up.”
Chisora fired right back at Haye, even poking fun at his appearance.
“David, you need to get style. Your corn rows are out of fashion,” Chisora said. “Talk is cheap now. That was a lucky shot he hit me with in Munich. … David: you are winning 1-0 but come July I am coming to whoop your ass. Your talk is cheap. You always talk but you don’t deliver in the ring.”
Under normal circumstances a bout between Haye and Chisora wouldn’t be anything special, but the drama surrounding it should make it a decent fight. Looking back, it does make me wonder about how much of their infamous brawl was actually real.
Boxingscene.com, “Haye To Chisora: You Will Get a Slow, Concussive Beating!”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.