Dereck Chisora's antics leading up to and after his Feb. 18 bout against Vitali Klitschko earned him a lot of notoriety, and the 28 year-old is capitalizing on it. Chisora will face fellow Brit David Haye - who he got into a brawl with at the post-fight conference of his bout against Vitali - on July 14, at Upton Park in West Ham, London.
Both men weighed in on July 12, with Chisora coming in at 247 pounds, while Haye came in at 210 pounds.
Given the genuine animosity between Dereck Chisora and David Haye, there's a decent chance the fight between the two will be quite entertaining. Both seem confident going into their grudge-match, and it's pretty clear losing won't be an option for either man.
"It's about pride," Chisora said about his upcoming bout. "It's not about, 'Hey, let's go fight the Klitschkos.' It's about knocking out this fool because I don't like him. … David said it's going to be the best ever Hayemaker in the ring and that's great for me because I'm going to be the craziest I ever came into the ring anyway."
Haye is just as self-assured, and he'll be the favorite going into the bout. He plans to make an example out of Chisora.
"It's a fight for the night, simply because I beat him up at a press conference a few months ago," Haye told reporters. "There is no doubt this fight is happening because of the brawl we had in Germany. … Without that he'd have been another anonymous Klitschko victim. After I knock him out, he'll go back to being a nobody."
Haye is the technically superior boxer between the two, and he should be able to control the tempo of the fight if he sticks to his jab. However, given the emotions involved, Haye might have a hard time sticking to a game-plan and a brawl might break out inside the ring. If it does, he just might end up getting caught by a big shot from Chisora.
Jake Donovan, "Dereck Chisora Refuses to Look Beyond 7/14, David Haye"
Boxingscene.com, "David Haye: I Want To Go Out and Bang, Do Damage!"
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