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Fury defends Haye by going after Chisora

By William Mackay: Heavyweight Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KO’s) has rushed to the rescue of World Boxing Association heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) to defend his honor against British heavyweight champion Derek Chisora (13-0, 8 KO’s), who had done nothing more than to volunteer to fight Audley Harrison in place of Haye.


In an article at the BBC, Chisora, wanting to be helpful to Haye, said this: “Make your mind up. I’ll knock Harrison out if you can’t do it.” I think Chisora was being very kind and generous to Haye to offer him this kind of help, because Haye seems to be stuck in negotiations with Harrison the same way he was in his failed negotiations with the Klitschko brothers. In an article at Boxrec.com News today, Fury said this to defend Haye: “Who is Chisora to criticize a world champion like David Haye in the press? He [Chisora] beat a shot Danny Williams to become British champion and instead of running his big mouth off he should be defending his title against me. I’m sick of Chisora ducking me. It’s time for him to put up or shut up, but I bet he’ll vacate his British title rather than fight me.”

I think Fury is dead wrong. Chisora wants to fight Fury and has been wanting to fight him for a long time. Fury has been busy struggling in back to back fights with John McDermott and looking horrible in both fights. How could Chisora have time to fight Fury when he’s battling it out against McDermott in two very close fights? Fury may have scored a knockout in the 2nd bout with McDermott, but he still looked terrible and in my view nowhere near the same level of a guy like Chisora. I think Fury needs to be content that he’s still winning in his fights against B level fighters.

Once he steps it up to Chisora or Sam Sexton’s level, I see him getting slapped down and put in his place. Those guys got talent, boxing skills and power. Chisora faces Sexton in a rematch next month on September 18th. Chisora has already stopped Sexton once before in a 6th round TKO in June 2008, but Chisora is going to try and do it again because Sexton has had recent success beating Martin Rogan twice in 2009.

For his part, Fury will be taking on 37-year-old Donnell Holmes (32-1-2, 28 KO’s) on September 10th in an eight round bout at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. Fury was going to be fighting the arguably more dangerous Jason Gavern but for some reason Holmes was put in to replace Gavern. You have to wonder why. I think Fury would have lost the fight to Gavern.

As for why Fury would want to defend Haye all I can think of is that he’s hoping to get a fight with him in the future. Sadly, I can see that happening. If Haye is willing to fight someone ranked low in the division like Harrison, then I can see him going after the totally unproven Fury in the near future.


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