David Haye plays pain game with rival Chisora
David Haye has vowed to go to town on arch-rival Dereck Chisora after the British brawlers confirmed they’ll face-off, in the ring this time, on July 14.
The bad blood between the two stems from their shameless scrap in the post-fight press conference after Chisora’s defeat to WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko in February.
And the English duo’s feud showed no signs of cooling when they met to announce their summer showdown, which will take place at West Ham’s Upton Park.
“He is the ideal opponent for me,” Haye said.
“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 the first round. This means I will give him a nice, slow, concussive beating.
“I tried to knock him out in [the press conference in] Munich and this is the opportunity to shut him up.”
Chisora, flanked by eight burly security guards, angrily counter-punched: “I don’t like him. David, you need to get style. Your corn rows are out of fashion. 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.”
The two men continued to exchange barbs, revealing they had spotted each other in London recently. In reference to Chisora’s claims that Haye had hit him with a bottle in Munich, he joked: “I saw David Haye a couple of weeks ago and he pulled a knife.
Big-mouth Haye fired back: “I was eating a steak. It was in a restaurant.”
The fight has caused controversy as it’s had to be sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the British Boxing Board of Control withdrew Chisora’s licence after his antics in Munich.
Haye also doesn’t have a British licence as he handed it in following his last fight in 2011 - a defeat to Vladimir Klitschko. But promoter Frank Warren insisted that he was not undermining the BBBofC by going to Luxembourg.
“This is not the end of British boxing,” he said.
“I believe it will be a sell out, a huge event. There are far far worse things happening in sport than what’s happening here.
“No charges have been made against Haye or Dereck for what happened in Munich.
“It is the biggest fight of the year and the fact of the matter is that the fight is legal, lawful and will go ahead.”
The BBBofC meet today to discuss options.