David Haye claims history will be 'indifferent' to victory over Chisora
It is one of the most anticipated bouts of the year but David Haye admitted that beating Dereck Chisora in Saturday's grudge match would do nothing to enhance his legacy.
The credibility the former WBA champion lost with his wide points defeat by Vladimir Klitschko 12 months ago - which he subsequently partially blamed on a broken little toe - will be shattered beyond repair should he lose to Chisora.
Starting as a strong favourite, the 31-year-old is facing a less experienced opponent who has lost his last three fights.
And while crushing Chisora - a man he hates - will prove satisfying following their disgraceful brawl in Munich five months ago, he knows history will be indifferent to the victory.
"Beating Chisora won't add to my legacy," ‘The Hayemaker’ said. "In 50 years time when people look back at my career they won't see this fight and think Dereck Chisora was a great fight and look what David did to him.
"Chisora doesn't have any titles and has been coming off three losses. It's a fight for the night, simply because I beat him up at a press conference a few months ago.
"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.”
Objections have been raised to the fact Saturday's adversaries are profiting from what happened in Munich, despite the universal disapproval that greeted their behaviour that night.
The pair came to blows during the press conference of Chisora’s defeat to Vitali Klitschko, which included accusations of glassing from the Zimbabwe-born Brit and reports of a camera tripod being used as a weapon.
Haye, however, is unrepentant and has a simple message for those opposed to the staging of Saturday's clash. "If you're so disappointed, stop looking at it on YouTube," he said.
"It's had 20million hits. People are looking at it. If I'm disappointed in something, I'm not going to keep looking at it."