By Michael Collins: Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KO’s) and former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s) will be meeting up for their grudge match on July 14th in Upton Park, and Chisora feels that Haye won’t be able to get away from him in the small ring that they’ll be fighting in. Chisora doesn’t see Haye as a legitimate heavyweight and instead feels he’s a cruiserweight fighting in the heavyweight division.
Chisora said on Bunce’s boxing Hour “David’a puppet. I’ll let him sell the fight. Haye’s my puppet. I’ll leave it to David. He’s never fought anyone like me. I know for a fact he’s a cruiserweight. He’s going to be 15 ½ stone. He’s going to try and use speed to run away. Too bad we’re using a small ring this time. There’s nowhere to run, and he’s going to get it. He’s going to get it…I just hope David comes ready because I’m going to be ready.”
Let’s hope that Chisora will be ready because he can’t afford yet another loss at this point in his career. Chisora has lost three out of his last four fights, and it’s critical that he not suffer yet another defeat. Chisora had an excuse for his loss to Robert Helenius in that he fought well enough to get the win, but was perhaps jobbed out of the decision. However, there’s no excuse for Chisora coming into his fight against Tyson Fury 20 pounds overweight at 260 lbs.
If he had medical problems that got in the way of his training then he should have cancelled the fight. But it was insane for Chisora to come into such an important fight like in such poor condition. Fury ended up easily beating Chisora by a 12 round unanimous decision. In Chisora’s last fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitsachko last February, Chisora was dominated by the 6’7” Vitali, losing the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision. Chisora fought well but he wasn’t able to put his punches together to win more than a small handful of rounds against the injured Vitali. The fight likely would have been a lot more one-sided had Vitali not injured his left shoulder early in the fight. Vitali was forced to use his right hand from the 3rd round on to win the fight.
Haye hasn’t fought since losing to IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last year in July. Haye didn’t have the size or the strength to compete with Wladimir.