Hearn doesn’t see Vitali and Chisora fights bringing big money to Haye
By William Mackay: Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports doesn’t see a fight between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and David Haye as bringing the huge money that Haye has enjoyed in the past when he briefly held the World Boxing Association heavyweight title from 2009 to 2011.
Likewise, Hearn also doesn’t see a fight between the recently beaten Dereck Chisora and Haye as being a fight that the boxing public is demanding.
Hearn told the dailystar.co.uk “The only way he [Haye] would come out of retirement is for millions of pounds and there’s no demand fora fight with Chisora that is going to generate that sort of money. Perhaps Vitali might fight David but I’m not sure that will generate the sort of money he [Haye] is used to now.”
Hearn is probably right about both. Haye won’t get the big money for a fight against former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Chisora because this guy has lost three out of his last four fights. It doesn’t matter that Chisora’s losses to Robert Helenius and Vitali were close fights, the fact is Chisora still lost the fights.
When the boxing public sees you getting beaten over and over again, they’re not going to want to pay to see Chisora step up against Haye and likely get beaten again. It was interesting to see them go at each other at the Vitali – Chisora post fight press conference in which Haye tagged Chisora with a left-right combination, but that’s about as far as it will probably go. Chisora ruined his chances, such as they are, when he threatened to slap, shoot and burn Haye.
There’s little chance Haye would want to sign to fight Chisora with the chance that he could get cold-cocked by him during their press conferences. I can’t see boxing fans having a huge amount of interest in seeing Haye and Chisora fight. Haye could do well with a fight against Vitali if Haye would only get two or three good wins under his belt to make believers out of fans. If he could take on and beat WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin, Haye would have a bargaining tool to get a better financial deal with Vitali. But Haye isn’t interested in doing that, so he’ll have to accept whatever is offered to him by Vitali or stay retired.
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